Close your eyes and think for a minute about your favorite movie, book, or song.
Why is it your favorite? Is it because it’s beautiful, catchy, entertaining, or pleasing in some way or another? Most likely, yeah.
But I’m willing to bet that on top of it being beautiful and catchy, that movie, book or song means something to you. It moved you, caused you to feel, or changed you in some way. The knowledge of how awesome it is for aesthetic reasons has perhaps fallen deeper, and moved you on a personal level too.
So what does this little art theory exercise have to do with God?
Well, I believe that part of what is at the core of our issues as Christians is a lack of knowledge about who we are and how God sees us.
I believe that knowing who we are—who we really are—changes everything.
But it’s not enough to just read the words on a page and let them sit like mossy lily pads on swampy waters. The power and the change happens when, like with the movie, book or song, the knowledge we have in our head begins to drip, and drop, and slowly fill, and permanently permeate every inch of our heart. The change happens when what you know in your head hits you hard in the soul.
And there is a reason why you should care about what God thinks of you. Because if you know and care and believe what God has to say, then you will stop believing and caring about what anyone else has to think or say! Do you understand how much freedom is on the line here? Insecurity will become a thing of the past. Fear will be rightly and boldly stamped out. Having a knowledge not just in our head, but in our heart about our identity in Christ puts a new perspective, a new filter, on every aspect of our lives.
So, what does God think about you?
The Bible is full of stories and letters and poems, many bursting at the seams with beautiful imagery and carefully picked words about who you are, how God sees you, and how intimately He loves you.
Here are just 5 of the MANY things God thinks about you:
1. You are loved
God's word says that Jesus is the expression of God’s love for us. Do you want to know if you are loved? Just look at the life of Jesus! He came down from royalty in heaven, where He was seated at God’s right hand, and willingly died for you. Out of such a great abundance of love for you, Christ died. How can we not know how loved we are when we know the depths that Jesus went for us?
Oh that you would know, deeply, just how truly loved you are. Jesus suffered and died so that you wouldn’t have to. Love has a name, and his name is Jesus.
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” John 15:13.
2. You are chosen + accepted
Before you could ever choose to love and follow Christ, he chose and loved you first. Before you were even born, God knew you, chose you, and wanted you. And He doesn’t only want the good parts of you— the parts that go to church on Sundays, or that look pretty on the outside, or that can put on a Christian mask around certain people. He wants it all— the mess, the ugly, the broken, the sad. The fragile, the timid, the hurting, the bad— He wants it all.
You are wanted, valued, chosen and accepted. You are worthy because Christ made you worthy.
He wants all of you, right now, just as you are.
“...just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He made us accepted in the Beloved” Ephesians 1:4.
3. You were made by God Himself
God MADE you. He formed you, specifically, in great detail, and made no mistake in how he made you. The maker of the universe looks at you and calls you beautiful. (Guys, you too!) Because Jesus died on the cross, you can be beautiful in the eyes of God.
He made you complete, He made you righteous, He made you worthy, He made you whole. He made you so He could love you, and so you could love Him. How insulting is it for us to tell Him what He made isn’t beautiful? No matter how we feel or what we see— when God sees us, He sees his creation. He sees his beloved. You are blessed with just what you have. You are enough, just as you are.
And only Jesus can satisfy the craving of your heart to be seen as truly, astoundingly, and infinitely beautiful.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well” Psalm 139:14.
4. You are called + set apart
The Bible says that God has great plans for you (Jer. 29:11). He has given you a mission, a calling, a purpose, a job to do while here on earth. You are not to look like the world looks or seek what the world seeks.
God sees big and beautiful in the meek and small. He chooses humble, broken and tame people to use for His kingdom and glory— not the proud, noble and loud. He flips the script on what our logic and reason tell us about who the heroes should be. What He values is nothing like what our world values.
God says: “Weakness over strength. Brokenness over beauty. Heart over deeds. That is what I can work with.”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:5.
5. You are His
You are God’s heir and Jesus’ co-heir. You are His son, you are His daughter. You are His most treasured prize, you are His greatest love. He looks at you with such love in His eyes! He wants nothing but to embrace you, to hide you in His arms, to lead you beside still waters, to keep you warm on the darkest nights. If you believe that Jesus died to save you, and was resurrected— forever defeating death— then you are adopted into His very family, forever belonging to Him.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs— heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” Romans 8:16-17.
I know it’s easy to read words like all of these and think, “Well that’s great, but it’s not really true for me. I’m sure this is good for other people to read, but I don’t think it applies to me, too.” Could I challenge you to believe these words ARE true, even for you? Could you dare to really hold on to this for yourself, just as much as anyone else could? Dare to take this as truth, and believe it in your heart.
My prayer for this post has been that God would meet you if you struggle to believe what He thinks about you, or if you’ve just never really known. I pray He would meet you in an embrace of love like you’ve never felt before. I pray for this knowledge to crash like a wave upon your heart and fill you to overflowing with a revelation of who you really are, how God really sees you, and how intimately He truly loves you.
You are dangerous to the enemy when you value what God says more than the affirmation of others. — Brian Simmons
*My friend Courtney has an awesome FREE downloadable graphic with all the things “I am” in Christ. Print it & put it somewhere you can read it every day!