Before You’re Useful, You are Lovely

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stopped doing things for Jesus? You still had faith and loved him but you didn’t do stuff for him. How do you think that would effect Jesus’ love for you.

News Flash:  It wouldn’t change it one bit!

Surprised? Doesn’t Romans 8:38 tell us that nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God? We know that in our head but our actions tend not to follow. Here’s a truth to chew on for a while,

Before you are useful, you are lovely to God.

God didn’t create the human race so we would do his bidding. We are not his minions. He longed for a relationship with us. He created us to commune with him. He loves us. Period.

Next time you are tempted to take on a task so that God will be pleased with you, remember that our deeds don’t move the needle of God’s love. It’s already red-lining, pegged-over, to the max.

Let’s examine our motives for our service. If it comes from a heart overflowing with gratitude, then yes, by all means, do it. But if there is any feeling that we need to perform in order to receive God’s love, watch out. That kind of effort on our part is life-draining. Ask me how I know…

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace, you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4-5

You are lovely, my Dear, before you are useful.

Grace upon grace,