She too was not esteemed by man. They saw her and they saw sin. They saw her and they said, “worthless.” They saw a past lived in wretchedness. They saw pointless, purposeless. Maybe you too have been perceived in this way before, or have even seen yourself in this way.
He saw treasure. He saw value greater than gold and worth more than silver. He saw purpose, purity, love. He saw one who desired to live for Him, to love only Him, to be only His. He saw one who loved and who loved much. He saw wholehearted devotion, selfless abandonment. He saw her heart.
She risked stoning by the Pharisees, the rejection of society. She pushed back thoughts of pain, death and accusation. Her heart desired after one thing. She wanted only to give Him the worship due Him, to pour out her love to Him. She relinquished concerns of what the religious and her society would say. She wanted only to give Him all her devotion, all her worship.
He saw love. He saw pure beauty, true value. He treasured not merely her act of love and worship, but her heart for Him. Was she perfect? No. But it was no matter to Him, for He declared her lovely and worth it all.
And she poured out her worship at His feet. Valuable oil flowed from the vessel of alabaster. She gave her life’s inheritance, contained in that jar, all to anoint Jesus’ feet. She gave of her heart even more, the oil merely a symbol of the priceless gift of her love and worship. She chose the good part.
He saw more than a vessel of oil, more than an inheritance given. He saw her. He saw a heart surrendered, a life given to love Him. He saw not sin, not a blemished past, not a flawed woman to be scorned. He saw a woman highly esteemed by Heaven, one voluntarily giving her love to Him, the one for whom He gave His life.
He saw you. He saw His Bride.
* What do you see? *
There are often times when we feel that we are struggling so much that we don’t truly love God. Times when we feel like our sin is greater than the goodness He has placed within us. Moments when we feel we are failing Him.
But know this: If you’re even thinking these types of thoughts, it proves that you love God! If you didn’t love Him, you would not care about receiving the breakthrough you so long for.
You are desiring to love Him and to be all that He’s created you to be. You’re desiring to walk in the victory Jesus has purchased for you. And again, it shows that you really do love Him and want to please Him.
You may even say it to Him often, saying “I really want to love You, God!” And no matter how far you feel you have yet to go so you can walk in your full freedom, you are running in pursuit of His heart. You DO love Him!
Jesus gave His life so that ALL may be saved and receive eternal life (John 3:16-17). It is a free gift. However, we know that if a loved one gives us a gift, but we leave it on their table and go home, it is useless to us.
If it is not received by us, taken into our hands from theirs, it is serving no actual purpose for us. It is still there, yes, a beautiful package, but waiting yet still for us to take it, open it, and make use of it. If, for example, it were a check for $1,000, you would not even know the money was there!
Salvation works this way. Some out there say that all people are already saved, but this is a lie! Yes, God desires that all people be saved and Jesus did what was needed so we can be, but you cannot be saved until you RECEIVE the gift of Jesus having saved you from death.
Jesus has paid the penalty for you, but you have to receive it: You have to believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God and gave His life for you, and then surrender your life to living for Him. You have to receive the truth of this for yourself personally (Romans 10:9-13).
If you have not received this outrageously awesome gift of eternal life, please do so right now. It will be for you the start of an exhilarating, joy-filled adventure unlike anything you have ever imagined.
It’s NOT religion or a law as it has often been portrayed, but a betrothal: Falling more and more in love with the One you were created by and created for, for all eternity.
Do you know who you are? You’re called to be a carrier of God’s presence upon the earth, an ambassador of God’s Kingdom. You are filled with God’s Spirit, full of His hope, love, truth and life.
If you belong to Jesus, you have been given God’s Spirit and power. (If you do not have a relationship with Jesus, you can give your life to Him and receive His Spirit!) You have access to all of God’s heart and all of His resources in Heaven. You are a son or daughter of the Most High God, with a destiny ordained by God, a greater purpose than you could ever imagine. You are a vessel of Heaven upon this earth.
First, let me share some background information. When God created Adam, God gave him authority over the Garden. Adam had yet to know sin, disease or evil. Adam walked and talked with God each day with no hindrance between them.
Unfortunately, Adam and his wife Eve were tempted to eat the fruit of a tree God had told them not to, as He sought to keep them pure from the knowledge of good and evil, desiring them to eat only the fruit of the Tree of Life. But God wanted to allow them to choose: Would they trust His best and His love, or would they desire to know what they thought was something they were missing out on?
Adam and Eve, deceived by the devil, ate of the tree that would open them up to evil, sin, death and disease, though they were meant to be vessels of life, purity, and God. They also forfeited their authority when they went with the enemy’s suggestion to disobey their Creator, giving it to the devil.
Thankfully, the Father had a plan, eventually sending His Son Jesus to take on the form of man though fully God, all to make the way for us to have an unhindered love relationship with God again, taking away our sin and its penalty of death. He also took back the authority the Father had given man in the Garden, sharing it with us who believe and have surrendered our lives to Him.
Because we now share in the authority Jesus has and have God’s Spirit within us, we as His Bride must use the authority He gave us to “enforce” things on earth to be as they are in Heaven, in partnership with Jesus. In Heaven there is no sin, no disease, no lack, no death. We declare healing over the sick, we overcome temptation to sin, we trust God as our Provider and more, all by the power of His Spirit living inside us.
As the Word of God says, “the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21 NKJV). We are vessels of Heaven upon this earth, ambassadors for the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:20), that God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth just as it is in Heaven!
“So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.”
(2 Corinthians 5:20 AMP)
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In any situation we are going through, even when we are being mistreated, the best question we can ask the Lord is, “How can I show love in this, to this person, to this organization?” and then do it: Show love even when we’ve been wronged or hurt.
In doing this, you release the burden of focusing on the negatives or continuing to hold offense, and peace comes in like a flood as you learn to love! As you seek to love, focusing on that, you are thinking on those good, noble, excellent and praiseworthy things (Philippians 4:8).
The recently received-by-Heaven prophet, Bob Jones, once had an encounter where God asked him, “Did you learn to love?” Do we seek to love like Jesus loves through our trials, or do we continue to remain focused on ourselves? When we surrender our earthly cares, we can soar in the Spirit as if on the wings of eagles, living in the joy and peace that only come from Jesus!
If this seems an impossible task, first remember that the Lord is the only One who can love rightly. Ask Him to give you His superabundant grace and help you walk this out. Ask God to pour His love upon you so you can pour it out on even those who mistreat you. Lean into Him and remind your soul that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” and you have overcome the world because Jesus has (1 John 4:4)!
If we will let Him, God will use the hard times and difficult people in our lives for our good: To make us more like Christ and in turn, we will experience greater peace, joy and love than ever before in our lives through it all.
Praise the Lord, He has a great future and purpose for us and it’s all about love: Letting Him love us and teaching us how to love Him and others like He loves!
Relationship with God is so simple compared to what we often make it. Often we make it more complicated than the Lord meant things to be.
“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3 NASB)
It helps to remember that God modeled human relationships off of the one He desires to have with us.
It’s like the relationship of Father and child, of a husband and his bride, of two best friends or two siblings. It’s this all in one and more! Seeing things this way will help us as we seek to grow in intimacy with Jesus.
Let’s go for the closest relationship with Jesus we can have. Let nothing hold you back.
Without fear, approach His throne of grace. Come boldly asking Him to make you one with Himself and closer than ever before.
Jesus gave His life to make the way for you to have an intimate connection with Himself. He loves you and longs to spend time with you and to do life with you. In fact, He desires to live through us in this life, filling us to overflowing as His vessels of love, life and light to a dark and needy world. The only way this can be is again, through a daily, personal and intimate relationship with Him.
As we pursue knowing Him as our closest Companion, we will desire more to live for Him alone, loving Him and others with the same love He has for us. So let go of all complication, and just go be with this One who loves you more than any other!
“You are beautiful, My love, all fair. How beautiful is your love to Me, how I relish in it daily, your desire for Me being perfected each day. Do not despair, I AM with you. I love you. I want you and I desire you with a ravishing love, a love that takes over all of you. Do you long for it? Do you desire it? Ask Me. Ask for the more of Me, the depths, the yearning of My heart to be the yearning of your own.
“I ache with desire to fill you up with My love-filled self over and over. I want you. Yes, I love you. You are Mine even in the pain, even in your struggles! Yes, beloved, I never stop loving you! I am never against you! You are Mine and I give you all of Myself. Don’t hold back now. Don’t hold back from this God who loves you so, your Bridegroom. Come, receive of My love. Come, believe My love, for I do love you, My treasured Bride. Let Me fill you with all of Me, all My goodness coming down, with My all-consuming love. Come, My beloved, for I draw you away, and let us have sweet fellowship together.”
- Your beloved Bridegroom, Jesus
“The theme of union with Christ occurs in numerous places in the [Word of God]. It is that union enjoyed by believers, individually and corporately, with the Lord Jesus. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘unio mystica’ or mystic union, as its fact is established without understanding the mechanism.” (That is, we don’t really comprehend how it happens or is a reality in us.) – Theopedia
So that whole “mystic” word that people are so afraid of (mostly because new age and Eastern religion has so twisted it. Grr.) In relation to being a Christian, it is simply this: It’s the mystery of a Biblical truth that we can be one with God. This is illustrated well by the picture of husband and wife, and as in John 15, the vine and its branches. They are one, yet not the same, and the branches cannot thrive without the vine. Only God could make such a thing possible and He has done so through Christ’s sacrifice all because Love (God) loves to love!
So many make it far too complicated and turn Christian mysticism into things it is not. We are NOT God and we will never be. Remember: If it exalts self above Christ it is wrong!
Union with God is about us becoming a people unified with His heart and each other, who care more about Jesus and what He cares about than ourselves. It is about becoming a people who seek to give all of themselves to love God and to love others as He loves. It’s about becoming closer to Him daily as our most important relationship.
We deny ourselves and let God take over so we can live in the nature of Christ and grow in love (1 Corinthians 13), whether through joyful moments or times of suffering. He uses all things for our good and in order to conform us to the image and character of Christ (Romans 8:28-29).
But do not be fooled, this can come ONLY through you having a personal relationship with God that is an ever-deepening connection to Him in fellowship and surrendering yourself. It is not some surreal, dream-like or far away thing, but true connection to a person who happens to be the most important One of all: God!
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] Christ and the church.”
– Ephesians 5:31-32 AMP