We all want to be loved right?
That is the reason we get dolled up for a big night out, ready to impress a certain someone at youth club, the church social or an office party. We make an effort with our appearance, hit the gym regularly or maybe choose a fashionable outfit or statement accessory to make us feel good and get noticed by others.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel good. However your worth is not in what you wear or what you look like, nor is it in who ‘likes’ you on Facebook or professes to love you in the club. Grasping blindly at this superficial love is like trying to catch the clouds with your fingertips, we will always be just too far away to reach, and if we did catch it, the love that has no substance would simply dissipate like the clouds.
Jesus loves you exactly as you are. Right now. His love is substantial, real, tangible and life giving. It is there even when you don’t realise it, are at your worst, your least glamorous or least graceful.
Why? Because you are worth it.
You are precious and important. You are unique and valuable, so much so that Jesus died for you! That kind of love, that sacrificial, selfless, all encompassing love is unimaginably deep and wide, it covers every single person in this world, whether they accept it or not, but the greatest joy will be found by those who do accept it.
Jesus said that others will know that we are his disciples by our love for one another. John 13:35.
When a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and invites him in to their hearts they are changed forever. For some it is an overnight change, but for most it is a continual process that develops as we grow in our walk with God. God is love, and as we get to know him better, and understand his love for us and for others we start to see the bigger picture.
We are called to love. Love your mother, father, brother, sister, spouse, friend and neighbour. Smile, pay compliments, offer lifts, take time out to have a cuppa with an elderly friend or relative, take meals to new moms and the sick. See the need around us, look at your world, your immediate circles through the eyes of Jesus and love them. You don’t need a big international ministry to impact the Kingdom of God, just take a few minutes out of your day to see your colleague or friend through Jesus’ eyes and be his hands and feet right where you are.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.”
Colossians 3:12-15 NLT
That’s the kind of love I want to be display, I want to be known for my love for others, not for my appearance. I know that I am loved by my creator God, my Father in heaven and I want to crave his admiring glances and his approval, no one else’s. Find yourself in him each and every morning, wrapped in his loving embrace, then take that love with you and wear it out.