You are His Beloved: Jessica Ocker

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 8.25.12 AM Social Media is officially “a thing” in our world.   It is part of many of our lives. But Facebook, twitter, and instagram are not depictions of our real lives.  They simply present an “airbrushed” picture of it.  You might say it’s more of a highlight reel than real life. We learn early in life to hide certain parts of ourselves out of fear of being rejected for who we are deep down. We don’t usually post the negative parts of our lives all over social media.  If we do, people get tired of it quickly. I personally don’t mind seeing some negative things on my Facebook feed.  I like it when people are real and honest.  However, if people in my feed shared every “undesirable” detail, I’m not sure I could handle it because I’m human and humans love conditionally.

Because I grew up in a family that knew God, I was taught at a young age that God loved me, all of me.  Even the parts of myself that no one else knew about. That should’ve been an awesome thing; to know that I was loved unconditionally.  But here’s what I struggled with and maybe you can relate. I use to think the first thing God saw when he looked at me were all the negatives about me.  He first saw all my sins and all that was wrong with me, and then at the end of that very long list was HIS LOVE.

This made me think about the way a spouse loves.  They know and see all of our negatives but  choose to love and cherish us anyway. Married love isn’t always about “feeling” in love, it is often based on a decision. It’s a conscious choice to promise to love IN SPITE OF. That kind of love is pretty amazing in itself but this morning God showed me His love is even better than that.  He gave me a better idea of  just how much He loves me.

You see, it’s not a struggle for God to love me. He doesn’t have to look past all my garbage and then make a conscious decision to love me anyway.  He sees me like a Facebook highlite reel. He sees me at my very best, ALWAYS. He sees me and sees beauty, and holiness, and righteousness. He sees someone who is forgiven and pure. He doesn’t have to dig through ten feet of my ugliness to get to my beauty. He just sees me as His beloved. As His prized possession.

Does this sound as crazy to you as it does to me? Perhaps you can believe this about others but have a hard time believing it about yourself.  Let me put it to you this way. When you accept Christ, when you say I believe that I’m a sinner and I believe Christ died for my sins so that I can be forgiven, you now look like Jesus. You get to become holy, and righteous, and pure. You become perfect to God. Yes in this life you will sin, and you will sin a lot, but praise be to God He doesn’t look at you and see a sinner. He looks at you and sees His beloved child who is perfect and blameless.

I pray that you will not just understand this, but  that you would KNOW  and live in this truth.  I pray that you would approach His throne room wrapped up in this confidence. What I love about God is that He spoke these words into my heart because I needed to hear them. Then I asked Him to confirm this through His word and He gave me this verse.

 Colossians 1:22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

I pray that if you are struggling to understand Gods love for you and what He sees when He looks at you, you will let these words find a lasting home in your heart.

Jessica Ocker

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