The new you… a new way of thinking
“For as (a person) thinks within himself, so he is…” (from Proverbs 23:7)
When Jesus came to this earth, He came and spoke the very thoughts of God. He came to tell us exactly what God thinks about things – and, most importantly, what God thinks about us.
So Jesus came and proclaimed a message of hope, of life, of love. He came to tell us how we can be new – and how our lives can really matter. He came to let us know that God was NOT mad at us – or eager to condemn and destroy us. Instead, He loved us with an everlasting love – a love Jesus demonstrated with His life… and with His death. Everything He did was to show God’s love for us. “For God so loved the world…”
And Jesus came to make it possible for each of us to know the fullness of God’s love. Our selfishness and sin had made it impossible to truly feel the immensity of God’s love for us – but Jesus came to tear down that awful barrier. With open arms He invites us all to walk with Him, to know Him, and the fullness of His love. He has always wanted to speak His truth, and His love, into our lives…
So when we read of Jesus speaking in Scripture, we need to pay special attention. His words are not just beautiful, or wise, or heavenly… His words are life-giving.
Most of His words are to clue us in to something vital to our lives. He is telling us about HOW we can live a life of fullness and abundance, of peace and contentment, of meaning and purpose – and how we can know these things every day of our lives.
The really good news is that Jesus has already done everything necessary for us to know this “abundant” life. He has made it all available to us – to any person who will embrace Him as Savior, and Lord!
We just need to take Him at His words.
And that’s the really difficult part. We are so used to being downtrodden, disappointing, disillusioned, and dismayed that we have become what we have felt about ourselves. We often see ourselves as broken, twisted, fearful, and (in many ways) unlovable. So Jesus’ words have a tough time getting down to where they matter most – in our hearts.
But here is the really awesome news (and what Jesus was trying to tell us all along)… God does not see us as we see ourselves. God does not think about us as we think about ourselves. He sees us through the work of His Son. His thoughts are consumed, not with our past, but with our potential. He sees us through Eyes that can actually see what He has made us to be.
And He calls (invites) each of us to fully embrace His vision for us… To truly think, in our hearts, that we ARE the beloved of God.
Prayer focus: God, help me to truly see myself through Your eyes — and live according to Your Words!