Seeing The World Through Jesus

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” — John 3:16 (ESV)

This is the most popular verse in the Bible. It is the gospel in one sentence. This was the first verse that I knew by heart when I was a kid. I could speak it out loud, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized everything this verse tells us. This verse doesn’t just give us hope, it tells us a lot about how God views us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son…”

God sees us as LOVABLE

I have always struggled with having a healthy view of myself. I tend to look at myself through the lens of my mistakes, but God sees His creation. He loves who we are, quirks and all. He created each of us uniquely and beautifully lovable. Even when we don’t love ourselves, He loves us.

God sees us as WORTH IT

I will never understand how God can love me so much that he would give His only Son for me. This concept is illogical. I tell myself, “I’m not worthy of this kind of love. I deserve the pain that Jesus went through.” The beauty of God’s love is that it is illogical and unfair. When I say, “I’m not worth that kind of sacrifice”, God picks up my chin, looks at me and declares in love, “You were worth it all, son.”

“…that whoever should believe in him would not perish, but have eternal life”

God sees us as SOMEONE HE WANTS TO SPEND ETERNITY WITH

He loves when His children spend time with Him. He wants to be involved in our everyday. He wants to be in the midst when we hang out with friends. He wants to ride in the car with us while we blast our favorite songs with the windows down. More than this, He want us to be a part of His plans. Not just for a little bit, but for eternity.

God sees us not as DEAD, but ALIVE

We were once dead, but the breath we breathe today is the final and victorious breath that Jesus breathed on the Cross. The breath that proceeded resurrection and shook the foundations of the earth. That redemptive and triumphant breath is alive in us today, and we are alive because of Him. Death is defeated; it is finished.

“…For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

God sees us THROUGH JESUS

The most important one. The reason God is able see us in such a beautiful way. Where we see ourselves through our mistakes, God sees us through Jesus. His love for us transcends our condition and heals our broken heart. Because of Jesus, we are seen as sons and daughters. He has given us a new and beautiful heart.

As we go through our day, let’s remember to view ourselves through Jesus. I want us to see who God sees when we look in the mirror. When we look in the mirror today, let’s say, “I am lovable. God thinks I was worth it all. He wants to spend eternity with me! I am no longer dead to sin, but alive in Christ! Thank you, Jesus. Today, I see the world through You.”