Long before anyone knew you would be,
Our loving God had an idea:
He put just the right features together, and then,
He created the one known as you.
There is nobody else in all the world,
In history or in years to come,
Who has been created with that specific idea
Of the person we know as you.
Uniquely made to reflect the glory
Of the Lover of each one’s soul;
He made your being and prepared all the good works;
Then gave a name to that one you.
Dearly loved, you are precious in his sight;
More treasured than any riches.
He pours out all that he is to respond to the
One he created to be you.
“We love because God first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 (CEB)
One of the lessons I seem to be learning on a much deeper level is that God’s love for me is primary. I can’t even know myself until I accept this love.
In his book, “Glimpses Into a Love Beyond Words,” Danny Randall says:
“True humility is accepting the opinion of God concerning yourself, no matter how difficult you find it to believe.”
“Allow Jesus’ love for you to be your main focus. Quit trying to be good enough for Himand simply let Him love you exactly as you are right now. Those who boast in how much they love God and how committed they are to Him are often the ones who fall flat on their faces.” (chapter 14)
Somehow, we get this idea that we must do in order to be loved and accepted by god. This lie is as old as Satan tempting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We were never intended or designed to work for our position in God; our relationship with Him has never had to do with “being good” – He already declared us so when He made us. His plan has always been that He loves us and we love Him back.
As a matter of fact, the Bible makes a foundational point from two different directions:
“Apart from God you can do nothing.” (John 15:5b)
“I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
I often say that we can’t pour water from an empty pitcher.
The only way to love God, ourselves and others is to be filled by Him first.
Relax, drink up, enjoy!