I know you have it in you. What does God see in us?
Have you ever had someone tell you that? “I know you have it in you.” Usually, when they are asking and you hear that, you will do something for them. But, what if someone said that and they were describing you as a beautiful masterpiece, which is inside you. That would make us feel good or great!
Jennifer and I watch the Hallmark channel. No she doesn’t force me to watch, I like it too. They are always these love stories. People are trying to discover true love. That is the way God looks at you and me, “The Church.” The Bible even goes so far as to tell us Jesus is coming back for us. Jesus sees something worth returning for in His followers.
In 2 Corinthians 11:2, Paul explained God’s intentions regarding the true church: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband [the Lord Jesus], that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” This is a fantastic statement. He says God looks at us as a beautiful, holy, sinless, virgin bride waiting patiently for Jesus return. He sees the beauty on the inside that Jesus' work on the cross produced in us.
You may ask, what is so amazing about that? The Corinthian church had an ungodly past. The Bible wasn’t really written to mature Christians but new believers. People that were unsure of their faith. People whose past was so close to them they could still smell the danger of evil and sin. These men and women were new followers of Jesus’ "way." This congregation was full of prostitutes, homosexuals, lesbians, drunkards, fornicators, extortionists, and other “ungodly” lifestyles recently abandoned, like the disciples when they left their fishing nets to follow Jesus. That is why when Paul says that Jesus is jealously longing to be with them, His chaste virgin, it is incredible.
When Jesus looks at you and me, He sees the renewed us. Jesus knows we have something better in us. As the creator, everything he touches he makes new. Paul put it this way when speaking to this same group, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
At the end of the day what gives our lives meaning is the way we are loved. Sounds like Hallmark doesn’t it? Well it is true.
Give God permission to make something new inside of you. You’ll love it.
Here is a simple prayer to say. Try saying it out loud. “Jesus, if you are there and listening to me. I would like to be new on the inside. I give you permission to come in and clean up the mess I see and feel. Please trash my past and make me a new creation.” -Amen