Today’s thought! Who Am I?
When there’s a fight between your heart and your head, pick up the bible and remind yourself of what God says about you!
It seems as though there is a lie that so many of us hold that “I am not worth it and I’m undeserving.” The question “what makes me or my life matter?” is one of the most important questions a person can consider. There are people who spend decades trying to answer this question, consciously or subconsciously. It appears to me that those who experience the most peace and fulfillment in life have developed a solid answer to this question and they live their lives in line with that answer.
Romans 5:6-8 says, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
While we were yet sinners… when we least deserved it… when we were not “worth it” by any earthly standard… that is the very time when Christ made the greatest sacrifice and showed the most powerful act of love in all of history.
So guess what… you get it anyway even if you don’t deserve it!” I have received abundant grace and mercy for my own short comings, mistakes, and sins, and I cannot contain my excitement when I share that others have the same abundant grace and mercy available to them. We do not deserve it, and in God’s infinite love for us, He deeply desires that we take hold of the gifts that He offers. What a blessing when those gifts also come in the form of care from our loved ones!
God wants for us to accept the peace that comes from knowing that He longs for us and that we are the apple of His eye. We are His creation, marked with His image. Even when we struggle with issues outside of our control and when we make active choices to participate in sin, He said that we are worth it. We are worth it because our Creator said so! We do not deserve His grace and forgiveness, and grace and forgiveness cannot be earned.
We could never earn or deserve them, and we are not supposed to. However, when we receive them whole heartedly and experience God’s great love, it inspires profound gratitude. When we fight accepting good things from God and those who love us because we don’t deserve it, we actually develop pride that focuses on self-loathing and fear. Change can’t take place when a person is ruled by hatred and fear. When deep gratitude begins to grow, so does a shift in focus. Our vision is not overpowered by focus on myself and my inadequacy, but is ruled by the lens of His love.
When I think about all God has done for me and how wonderful it is to count Him my friend, I want to honor Him with how I treat His creation, including myself. I want to take care of the temple He made my mind, heart, and body to be. I want to protect it and use it to dive deeper into relationship with Him and let others know that what they do not deserve is available and it makes living SO GOOD. It is exactly because I don’t deserve love or forgiveness that I stand in awe that God still counted me worth not only His ultimate sacrifice, but His daily reminders of His love.
Just imagine what the Word of God says about those who belong to Him. What tender love is revealed in His words? We are the apple of His eye, He rejoices over us, He sings over us, He abounds in love over us, He has the compassion of a Father over us, He delights over us…and this love is from everlasting to everlasting. What more solid proof can there be?
Overcomer, God can not lie and God tells us in dozens of Scriptures that He loves those whom he calls His own.
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!
Love Min. P