God’s photo of you?
During one of our recent morning services we were each challenged to draw a picture of ourselves. These self-portraits were then put on display at the front of the church and what a strange looking bunch we turned out to be!
How we see ourselves can have an enormous impact on our lives. At one end of the scale some will see themselves as being more important, more talented and more righteous than anyone else around them. Whilst others may see themselves as having nothing to offer, no value and no hope.
I am reminded of the story of a father who rushed upstairs to the bedroom of his four-year-old daughter during a violent thunderstorm. He was concerned that she would be frightened as the lightning flashed and the thunder roared outside. But instead, when he got to her room and looked in, he saw his daughter standing on the window sill with her face pressed against the glass.
“What are you doing?” he shouted at her.
The little girl responded, “Look daddy, I think that God is trying to take a photograph of me!”
A funny story but also a profound truth that so often we fail to grasp. God loves us, every one of us. We are unique and precious in his eyes or as someone once put it, “if God had a fridge door then your photograph would be stuck on it.”
If you are reading this and you are not sure just how much God loves you, then can I suggest that you do the following….take a moment to be quiet ….and then ask God to help you understand, before reading the following verses from the Bible:
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:9-11
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for showing your love through Jesus
and now please help me to live a life that is filled with your love.