In this day of deep depression caused a lot by instant gratification and self fulfillment, it is hard to realize that the biggest problem is a lack of an ego trip that is out of this world. In seeking out their own self worth and trying to artificially inflate their own image, most people ignore the fact that God danced the day they were born.
The concept that the supreme being of the universe even took note of the day is unbelievable for most people. To think that God took time to make note of their birth astounds them. Trying to realize that God was there, watching, caring is not possible. Now take this one more step and come to terms with the fact that God was elated at your arrival. You actually did, do, and always will make a difference to Him.
We try to view terms in our scale of worth, when the Bible clearly tells us we cannot understand the mind of God. We have a level of works or deeds by which we judge others and ourselves. When they (or we) don't measure up, then we look down on them (or ourselves). If we can just land that promotion or get that bigger house, then we have earned our status. To try and perceive that God is 'no respecter of persons ' , meaning it does not matter who you are or what you accomplished, is outside of the acceptable standard that we use for life.
Why would the God of the universe care about me on any scale. Wrong question. We can not and never will, be able to understand the love that God has and can only try to analyze the life of His Son for some insight. The fact that Christ gave His life for us is all the proof we need of this love, but does not give us the reason. We have to come to terms with the fact that God knows us, warts and all, and loves us. It is a concept we are not capable of alone. When I was a young Christian, I worried that God's word said to love others. I didn't even like most people, (using my judging scale) how could I love them. The answer came to me just like the song, 'I love them with the love of the Lord'. He loves unconditionally. He loves ME unconditionally. My scale no longer worked, because I sure did not deserve to be loved. I have done more things that I regret that I will ever do good but God still loves me. I still screw up more than I would ever forgive someone else of, but God still loves me.
Now it is useless to strive to achieve approval, because it is not God's standard. No matter what job, what house, or what lack of success I have in life, God weighs me in His scale the same. There is only one gold standard (man's term) in God's eyes. His Son is the only one who has achieved the status of worthiness to meet God's approval. Well, then, all is still lost? Not if we find our status in Him. When we seek our worth in the Son of God, there is no standard that man can apply.
It was the hope that we would one day find our salvation in His son, that caused God to dance the day we were born. The fact that you could one day believe on His Son for your salvation, made you a potential son of His, He danced ! What greater day than the birth of our children. Watching those tiny hands and beautiful eyes. God watched and He was pleased. What standard do you use in your life to judge yourself and others, when you look at their hands and eyes, and know that God danced the day they were born.
Tazz Dickey, Sr. - Sunday school teacher and speaker for 30 years. Writings include a study on love from the Old Testament. Submissions: San Jacinto Baptist Assoc., church histories, local newspapers. Playwrite/production for youth including BSU. Divorce recovery support articles.
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