I love Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. The devo for today is just amazing. It reads –
I want you to experience the riches of your salvation: the joy of being loved constantly and perfectly. You make a practice of judging yourself, based on how you look or behave or feel. If you like what you see in the mirror, you feel a bit more worthy of My love. When things are going smoothly and your performance seems adequate, you find it easier to believe you are My beloved child. When you feel discouraged, you tend to look inward so you can correct whatever is wrong.
Instead of trying to “fix” yourself, fix your gaze on Me, the Lover of your soul. Rather than using your energy to judge yourself, redirect it to praising Me. Remember that I see you clothed in My righteousness, radiant in My perfect love.
To think that the richest part of salvation is that we are loved constantly and perfectly! Wow, what an amazing thought! We don’t have to do anything or be anything. We are made whole, complete, righteous, and more than “good enough” in Him when we accept Jesus as our Savior. There is nothing more to be done, but to continue to run to Him, know Him more, love Him more.
So lighten up on yourself. Let’s face it – we are not perfect, nor will we ever be. But we are loved perfectly. Instead of trying to fix ourselves and “make ourselves better” in our own eyes (or in the eyes of others), let’s fix our gaze on Him who loves us more than we can ever know!
The God of the Universe, the Almighty Creator of everything, is already completely smitten with us. 🙂