So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved….(John 20:2).
John understood something about his identity. He affectionately refers to himself as, “the one whom Jesus loved.” We might think at first glance this feels a bit precocious, but John embraced and believed something that is true for all of Christ’s followers. Truly, we are, at the core of our being, “the one whom Jesus loves.”
If we understand this foundational truth we won’t feel the need to soothe our anxious hearts with a successful life and the praise of man. If we truly embrace our worth in Christ, we will find our heads and our hearts resting often in His bosom as we wait with Him in the stillness of His love.
When I first became a Christian I had many misplaced identities that the Lord had to help me sift through. For many years I thought His love for me was based upon my performance for Him. I thought if I had something to show for Him then I had more value, but what I have come to learn is that my greatest value is not in what I do, but in simply being HIs child.
The greatest story my life will tell is not of all I’ve done, but in the person who loves me. Yes, He is my greatest joy and finest treasure. If my identity is wrapped up in His love for me then I can have confidence in knowing that He is the rock I place my life upon. With a strong, steady, firm foundation, rooted in HIs love, my life becomes a beacon of hope that draws people into the glory of God, not because of what I do, but because of the Father’s love that is working in and through me.
Abba, pappa, daddy, I am loved by you. Therefore, I don’t need success or the praise of man. I just need more of your love for me. Yes Lord, let it be what guides my life. Let it be the joy that springs from my heart. Yes Lord, let your love radiate in me for the world to see, in Jesus name, Amen.