Last evening as my friend was beginning to close our youth service down, she asked our students a few questions.
The very first question that she asked them was, “What will you do when you see Jesus?”
So, I pose the same question to you. How do you think you will react when you see Jesus for the very first time?
I don’t know about you, but I can’t even imagine what I would do. I feel like that would be such an amazing and overwhelming experience that I can’t even predict how I’d take it. I do know that whatever happened, it would be an action of joy and love.
So anyway, the second question she asked the students was this.. “Why do you look like zombies during worship then?”
If we cannot even comprehend what it would be like to see Jesus face to face because of how awesome that is going to be, why do we have such a hard time worshipping Him here on earth? Why do we struggle so much to find time to keep Him first in our lives? Why is reading a simple devotion or a few chapters from our Bible so much work?
Is it not true that Jesus is with us right now, even as I type this? Is it not true that He is also right there next to you? This is Jesus we are talking about, friends. Jesus. Our worship and devotion here on Earth should be able to reflect what Heavenly worship is like because even though we are not seeing Him face to face, He is still with us every moment of every day.
During my prayer time, I really felt the Lord sharing with me that the reason this is hard for people is because no matter how many times they read it, and no matter how many times it is spoken to them, they cannot believe how loved they are. They have such a struggle with the concept of love, that they truly haven’t even been loving themselves properly. In the quiet they ask themselves, “How can this Jesus love me? I can’t even love myself. I don’t know how to love myself. I don’t even know how to love Jesus.”
If you’re reading this today, and you feel the same way, please rebuke that lie in the name of Jesus. You are loved. You are worth it. You were created and bought with the greatest price. Satan will do whatever he can to lie to you, steal your joy, and try to rob you of the eternal life you can find through Christ. You are so incredibly loved by a Father who longs for you to love yourself and believe in who He’s created you to be. Let yourself not only begin to love yourself better, but allow yourself to fall deeply in love with Jesus. He can break chains. He wants to break yours today.
God, I’m in awe of how you choose to love and speak to us. I’ll never be able to comprehend the fullness of your love, but I am so thankful that you chose to lavish it on us. I thank you that you are with us every moment of every single day. We cannot wait until the moment we meet you face to face, but until then, I pray that you can help us focus on keeping you first in our lives and showing us how to worship you with our whole hearts. Be with my friends today. Help them feel as special as you think they are. Help them see how loved they truly are.
It’s in your name, Amen.