I’m a progress report kinda girl. I love receiving news of my progress regardless of it being good or bad results, simply because I just wanna know where I’m at. Today, I realized that for all of my life, I’ve approached my walk with Jesus in this way – whether I was aware of it or not. All of this time, I’ve been focused on how far I’ve climbed some mountain (aka hardship/struggle) or on how much I’ve fallen & regressed in this journey called life where I’m trying my hardest to live for and with Jesus… When all of this time, God’s #1 priority was me. And not my progress. For me to know that I am fully known and fully loved, not because of what I do – but for simply being His creation, His daughter.
I share this as an encouragement to those who can identify with me and the struggle that I face of placing my identity more in inconsistent, worldly places (like success, the praises of people, etc.) instead of in the identify given to me by the steadfast, faithful, loving and good Father. When Jesus died for us on the cross, it should open up our eyes to recognize the value that Jesus sees in us and the love that Jesus has for us – “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8 ESV)
So with all of that said… My simple, yet powerful revelation of the day (and possibly of my life that I’ll need to re-learn over and over again that you’ve more than likely heard before more than a thousand times): Living for Jesus is not about what you do for Him, it’s simply about re-directing all of our efforts towards being with and enjoying Him for Him.
Let’s keep fighting to know Him and to love Him in deeper and more intimate ways; In the end, what’s truly best for us is what simultaneously brings Him the most glory. God loves you more than you and I could ever know, and He’s knocking on the door of your heart waiting for an invitation from you to come and reside inside.