Our 3-year-old climbs on my side of the bed and lies down beside me. I make room for him, wrap my arms around his little frame, peck his right cheek, and declare how much I love him (for the nth time).
In the middle of our snuggle moment, I ask if he loves me back. He pauses. And with a soft, thin voice, he said ‘yes’. My mommy heart giggles. Not to be outdone, I let him know how proud he makes me feel. Always!
Despite the tantrums, the whines, the public meltdowns, the high-pitch defiance of parental rules, the broken decors, the spills on the white area rug, the handprints on the TV screen and the glass windows, the everyday house mess… he will always be our beloved.
Even if he hasn’t done anything noteworthy, according to the world’s definitions. Whether he turns out to be a high-flyer or your average joe, it doesn’t matter. He will remain well-pleasing in our eyes for the simple fact that he is our beloved son.
This reminds me of the Lord Jesus when he came to be baptized by His cousin John. Immediately, as Jesus sprang up from the cloudy waters of the Jordan…
the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”~ Matthew 3:16-17 ESV
At this point in Jesus’ life, He hasn’t done anything noteworthy for God’s Kingdom yet. We were only told He is a carpenter by profession like his earthly father Joseph.
The other is the well-known incident when he was twelve during the Passover festival in Jerusalem. (Story here.) But beyond that, the Scriptures are silent.
As the Lord Jesus is the beloved of the Father, even before He ever did anything, so are you. Yes, you read that right! You are God’s beloved too.
How’s that possible? Because as Jesus is, so are you in this world. (1 John 4:17)
God’s love is without conditions. It’s not like the love we’ve experienced from our earthly parents.
Some of us come from backgrounds where we perform to satisfy our parents affections, or fulfill their very dreams in our lives. Others may have come from apathetic, disengaged families or from traumatic backgrounds. Many have been raised by widows, or single parents where the parental figure is mostly away from home to hustle.
Our earthly parents or parental figures may have failed us in the love department, but God’s love never does. In fact, it is more.
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.~ 1 John 4:9-10 ESV
And it is available for you today.
So yes, come boldly to the throne of grace and receive His great love for you. If you don’t know how to do it. Simply say, God, if you are real, reveal yourself to me. Show me your love. I want to experience you today. As the Word says so I declare, I am God’s beloved.