“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
A. W. Tozer
If I ask “what does God think about me what would your answer be?
It’s a tough question but one all of us have considered at one time or another.
Possibly the bigger question is not what does God think about you, but instead what do you think about God.
The reason it is important to determine what we think about God is because it forms the basis of our relationship with God.
And what we think about God either confirms or disproves the beautiful lies.
This lie says this is what really counts: to be wealthy, powerful, influential, attractive, admired, talented, popular, and, above all, valuable. We must make a life that is worth something to others. Worth more than others. The world screams at us to hurry up and matter. Our lives become a reaction to this lie.*
This one leaves God out of the equation because;
God is not for you He is against you
God only loves you if you are good enough
God is more interested in punishment than forgiveness
God is disappointed in you because you are not wealthy, powerful, influential, attractive, admired, talented, popular because God helps those who help themselves.
And the big lie “God only wants to keep you from enjoying life” and offers nothing in return.
How we think about God affects every part of our being and every part of our life.
You might say “I don’t really care what God thinks about me” and that might be true.
But to say “I don’t care” is to say “I am capable of handling anything that might come my way, I don’t need any help”.
The truth is you’re not and you do.
In Hebrews 4:14-16 we see a beautiful truth about a God who is not only gracious and forgiving but who is also willing to help us.
And He takes us as we are, bruised, broken, and damaged.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in time of need.
A God who invites us to come boldly before Him not on the basis of our goodness and worthiness, but when we are not good and unworthy.
And even more than that He offers us an Advocate.
An Advocate who publicly supports us in the throne room of heaven
An Advocate who is a champion, upholder, supporter, backer, promoter, spokesman, fighter.
An Advocate who understands our struggles and temptations and has earned the right to not only defend us but declare us “not guilty” because He has paid the price for all us.
An Advocate that 1 John 2:2 proclaims is the propitiation for our sins, who not only appeased the wrath of God through His own sacrifice but also reconciled us to Him.
An Advocate who replaces the beautiful lie “God doesn’t love me” with the beautiful truth “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son”.
If you find yourself in a place where you need the grace and mercy offered you can come as you are, today, right now and receive that and more.
God breathes life into our dead and imperfect things. So if we feel that we don’t measure up, that doesn’t mean we have to climb onto the build-your-worth treadmill. We already have worth. In God’s eyes. By his doing. And our worth is permanent, lasting far longer than any worldly attempt to uphold the beautiful lie could ever last.*
*Taken from “People of the Second Chance