I met up with an old friend for coffee yesterday morning—Starbucks of course. We had a great conversation that brought both encouragement and motivation. After talking for a while, we went to get refills and I told her I would pay for the refill and she told me, “You don’t have to pay for refills since you are a Gold Member! I’m surprised the Queen of Starbucks didn’t know that.” A mixture of our previous conversation about God’s unconditional love and this specific comment had me taken back. Just like being a Gold Member and getting a free refill, I was reminded that I am a child of God who receives unconditional love and grace. I was convicted. These past few months have been trying times full of attempts to feel adequate or worthy, all the while the Father has wanted me to see that I cannot earn what has already been freely given. Precious readers, is this you as well? Perhaps you feel guilt, shame, or burdened from your past. Maybe you feel unworthy, unloved, and unseen. To take it a little further, you may even feel as though you are on a never-ending pursuit to feel loved and worthy. If this is you, listen closely to these words: You are deeply loved, you are seen, you are more than enough. The Father loved you enough to send Jesus to show you just how much He loves you. Do you believe it? C.S. Lewis stated, “He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”
Freely you received, freely give
Jesus sent his disciples into the world to with a beautiful challenge. Matthew 10:5-8, “These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.’”
Dear readers, each of us were the lost sheep—we were once orphans. By the grace of God, we freely received His heritage that was given through the Son. Think of it this way: God sent His only Son, perfect and holy, to die a sinner’s death so that we could be His beloved children. What a love we have freely received. Now that we know that love, it is important that we freely give glimpses of light and His love to others as well.
There is a world full of hurt and heartache. There are so many people want to feel love, therefore it is our calling to love the “least of these” because that was once us. My precious readers, you are deeply loved by the Creator of the Universe. Never forget that wondrous fact. Beyond this, may we show this love (freely given and not expecting anything in return) to a world that is hurting. Oh, to be the hands and feet of Jesus! This is my earnest prayer for my own life, and it is my hope that my brothers and sisters have a similar desire. Though we are weak, He is strong and gives us the strength we need so that we are able to carry such a love to a world of need.
“My prayer is that, when I die, all Hell rejoices that I am out the fight.” -C.S. Lewis