How He Loves Us
God has been hitting me hard recently with a simple message. It’s a message that I think we all know in our heads, but something that very few of us feel in our hearts. It’s a message that has the power to transform everything about us, yet few of us live out its truth.
It all started as I drove to a meeting early one morning. These lyrics came on the radio: “I am not living for applause, I’m already so adored.” For some reason, even though I have heard this song many times, those words stuck out. I started to ask myself...do I truly believe that I am already adored?
As I thought about it, I concluded that this is something I know is true, but I don’t think I really get it. There is scripture after scripture that talks about God’s love for us. We hear all the time that God loves us. But, I don’t think many of us REALLY get this truth! If we did, I believe our lives would be radically different.
I know for myself, the performance mentality is something that is driven very deep within me. So deep, in fact, I hardly even notice the damage it does. There is a deep, buried whisper within me that repeats this lie: “I only matter if...”
I find myself completing that sentence with all sorts of things. I only matter if...FCA Ministry continues to grow. I only matter if...I am the perfect wife. I only matter if...my kids turn out well. I only matter if...I am in great shape physically. I only matter if...I am impressive to others. I only matter if...my house is clean. The list could go on and on!
How are you completing that sentence?
It only makes sense that this performance mentality carries over into our relationship with Jesus. We work hard to perform for Him too. This overshadows the powerful truth that Jesus loves us JUST AS WE ARE. We serve a God that looked at us and loved us, before we were even born, before we even had the chance to do anything for Him. A God that looked at us at our absolute worst...and said “You are worth dying for.”
I think about the way that my own father loves me. I am the youngest of three, and the only girl. So, I have always been Daddy’s little girl. He loves me no matter what. He is proud of me. And most of the time, I can do no wrong in his eyes! However, the truth is, this love is NOTHING compared to the way that God feels about me.
What if we truly believed that God adores us just as we are?
What if we stripped away all the ways that we perform, all the ways that we try to matter, and simply rested in the fact that He loves us more than we could ever fathom?
How would our life look different?
Often times, I think our struggle to trust God and to surrender all to Him is not because we don’t love Him enough. But rather, because we do not truly comprehend how He much He loves us.
Here is my prayer for you and for me as we try to drive the truth of how much God loves us from our head to our heart:
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)
For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.