Can you imagine the CEO of a large company calling an employee into his office and saying “My friend, as far as I can tell, you have not accomplished a single thing for our company in the five years you have worked here. I cannot find even one situation in which you have contributed anything to the success of this organization.”
“However, we consider you to be a fine gentleman and an over-all nice guy. We plan to continue paying your salary and you will continue under our health plan and benefits package. We hope you are happy working here.”
“That’s crazy,” you say. “Not going to happen where I work.”
And you are right. At least not under the world’s system.
But in God’s system that is exactly what happens all too often. He comes to us before our salvation and says “I love you. My son died for you. I will provide you with life’s necessities. I will protect you. You are valuable to me.” Then He adopts us into his family.
In the years after salvation this scenario is likely to continue largely unchanged. If we remain mostly unproductive He still loves us and provides for us. He gently invites and prods us to allow Him to develop the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in our lives and influence others into his kingdom.
Will He discipline us (Hebrews 12:6) and prune us (John 15:2)? Yes. Will He send us various places and give us assignments? Yes. Will He allow loss and pain into our lives? Yes. Will He continue to love us, protect us, hold us in His arms and let us live with him for all eternity? YES, YES and YES.