Original Posting At http://soundbitesministry.blogspot.com/2017/11/divine-initiative_1.html
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1-3)
The archetype of one who takes initiative is God Himself. He created the heavens and the earth, spinning into motion the tiny sphere that is our planet. He filled its waters and skies with fish and fowl and scattered all manner of living creatures across its mountains, valleys and plains. Then He lovingly spoke humankind into being, calling man and woman to name the animals, to tend to the garden sprawled at their feet and to live in loving community with one another.
But then He watched as man and woman disobeyed Him, dishonored themselves and destroyed each other with hatred and lies and murder. He watched His creation spiral deeper and deeper into sin; He felt the searing pain as those made in His very image pulled away from Him, breaking the bonds of love that had bound creature to Creator. How easy it would have been for Him to yield to despair and to close His eyes to the ugly ruin His creation had become.
But what did He do? He responded with love and with a plan. He provided an option. He took the initiative in breaching the gap between Himself and His wayward creation. “For God so loved the world” — and longed to have it reconciled to Himself — “that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
God could have sat idly by and watched the world go to hell. But love demanded that He take the initiative to redeem it instead. So He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, as a sin sacrifice for your foul-ups and mine, thereby making forgiveness available as a free gift. We need only to humble ourselves enough to receive it.
— Bill Hybels in “Making Life Work: Putting God’s Wisdom into Action”