For much of my life, I have had a deep fear of “not measuring up.” Where that came from, I do not know. “Not measuring up” certainly would be true of me if my acceptance by God depended upon my behavior.
But I have come to understand and BELIEVE that my acceptance by my heavenly Father does not depend on my behavior. I am accepted by God because he chose me from the foundation of the world to belong to him (Ephesians 1:4-5).
I have worth, not because of my accomplishments, but because of the value God has placed upon me.
If you have children, you can quickly understand this. Do you love them because they got an “A” on their report card? Or do you love them because they are YOURS?
For me the most important verse in all the Bible is this simple statement from the lips of Jesus: “WHEN YOU HAVE SEEN ME, YOU HAVE SEEN THE FATHER” (John 14:9).
This means that ANY thought, idea, or perception of God that does not square with what we see of Jesus in the four Gospels needs discarding.
I realize that is a strong statement, but it surely is the truth.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3).
God has come in Jesus to bring us safely back to himself. The Father’s house is where Jesus is presently preparing a place for us.
We who follow Christ must always remember that he came into our life NOT in order for us to do great works for him, but because he set his love upon us – simply for OUR own sake. He came to restore us to our real Father.
One afternoon, a couple years after my dad died, I found myself really missing him. Standing in our kitchen alone, I said out loud in pain, “God, I miss my dad!” Instantly God spoke to my heart and said, “I am your Father now — and I always have been.”
God is our real Father. In a very real sense, our earthly parents were simply the biological instruments God used to bring us forth. The Bible says that God predetermined the EXACT time and place where each of us would be born (Acts 17:26).
God created us. He loves us. He desires to have us at home with him. That is why he came in Jesus to save us. Jesus went to awful lengths to demonstrate God’s love for us.
WHEN YOU HAVE SEEN JESUS, YOU HAVE SEEN THE FATHER.