|God's love is a beautiful paradox.
||[Mar. 18th, 2009|07:15 pm]
Mustard Seed Revolution
So, I'm reading up and preparing to write curriculum for this week's children's ministry program. This week we're discussing a few of the parables that Jesus told; specifically the lost coin and the lost sheep. [If you're not familiar with these parables, Google "Luke 15:1-10"]|
I was thinking through the meaning of these stories, and trying to get to the root of them in order to come up with ways they could be presented to children. As usual, however, my mind went off onto a bit of a tangent. You see, the purpose of these parables was to represent how intensely God loves us. If one of us wanders off, He'd drop everything to become a search and rescue team. I think sometimes we as American Christian's can brush past the idea of personal love and stick to the fact that God loves "us." But these stories so vividly describe how valuable we are to God... as individuals, not as a community per say.
Which reminded me of what is often said: "If you were the only person left on earth, Christ STILL would have died for you." He didn't do it to save all of us, He did it to save us individually.
And it made me think, wow. I am valuable to God. Not just valuable, but priceless. So worthy, that He would give up everything for me.
Yet at the same time I am so filthy and unworthy of His glorious presence.
Because it's the fact that God loves me that gives me any value. Separated from this truth, I am worthless. Literally, nothing but dust.
Because God loves me, I have all of the value and worth in the world. Despite what anybody thinks of me, or the way I look, or who people believe me to be, I am priceless. And so are you. Despite the fact that we never earned it or deserved it.
This is one of those simple facts about following Christ that is so basic, yet so awe inspiring to fully remember.
God, you are worthy.