Published on 09 February 2021
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In life, we want many different things, both big and small. From wanting to get fit, wanting to get our dream job, wanting to graduate, or wanting to earn more, whatever it may be, we all have dreams and desires in our hearts. But did you know that more than anything you could ever want in this life, God wants YOU? God doesn’t need anything from us and He is never in lack, yet He WANTS something from us—a relationship. He chose us to be His children and a relationship with His children is what He truly wants and is willing to pay dearly for.
In life, we can feel like we are not wanted because of our sin and mistakes. The negative words people speak over us, being abandoned by the people that we love or even huge disappointments like not receiving a job promotion can leave us feeling like God doesn’t care about us. Whatever it may be, know that God's love and desire to know you and be in a relationship with you NEVER changes. The greatest expression of His love for us and His desire to know us is found in the act of sending His one and only Son Jesus to die on the cross in our place. There was NO higher price He could pay and He willingly paid it.
Before you were even born and before you could make one single decision in your life, God wanted you! Not because you did anything for Him or because you were perfect, but because He loved you. This is your Heavenly Father. He loved you before your parents ever dreamed of your existence. He saw you and loved you before you could even do one good thing for Him. What a powerful and profound thought!
The truth is, God wants you on your best day AND your worst day, when you are achieving AND when you’re not— and EVERY day in between. You are wanted and seen by the God of the universe and His love for you never changes. He sees every part of you and nothing can change the fact that HE WANTS YOU! You had God’s attention long before you knew you needed it. His love has no bounds and exceeds all limits.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
You are the God who sees me.
Did you know that God not only wants you and sees you, but also think about you personally?
Whenever someone close to us says “I was just thinking about you”, it makes us feel seen, wanted, and appreciated—the fact that someone took the time to think and acknowledge us in their own mind. This helps to balance the constant flow of negative thoughts that we think about ourselves; thoughts that we are not lovable, acceptable, or memorable in any way. No matter how insecure we feel, moments like these remind us that we are significant enough to leave an impression in somebody’s mind and thoughts.
How much more should it move our hearts when God Himself says “I’m thinking about you”? What comes to mind when you think about the fact that God thinks about you? Do you immediately presume He is angry at you or judging you? This thinking can come from past hurts, but we need to realize the truth of God’s heart towards us as confirmed in His Word. His thoughts toward us are full of grace and love—not judgment and anger— and that is the real truth of the matter!
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
What a powerful and beautiful picture of God’s care for us. Try counting the grains of sand in the sea and you still won’t come close to the number of thoughts God has about you! And not just any thoughts, good thoughts and plans —not evil ones. He wants only the best for you always and loves you profoundly.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Did you know God’s desire for you goes beyond convenience and comfort? He doesn’t wait for us to ‘get it together’ or be successful in order to want us. Many people think that God is sitting in Heaven waiting for them to fix themselves before coming to Him. This is far from the truth. Even in our lost, rebellious and sinful condition, God was so moved by a desire for a relationship with mankind that He initiated a costly rescue mission. Driven by the love for you and for me, He sent His Son to as a blameless sacrifice, to pay the price for our restoration and reconciliation with Him and to re-establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
God’s love and desire to be in a relationship with us goes beyond any natural love that we experience. It is a supernatural love that goes beyond our human understanding and is undeserved. All that is required of us is to receive it by faith.
In scripture, we see a powerful picture of our heavenly Father’s love for us—His children. In the story of The Prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), the son demanded his inheritance prematurely, left his father, and spent it on the things of this world before finding himself destitute and eating with pigs. Desperate, the man returned home expecting his father to reject him as his son, but the unexpected happened instead. His father had been watching and waiting for him constantly and when he saw him from a distance, ran to him, embraced him, clothed him with a beautiful robe and sandals, and put a ring on his finger. By doing these things, the father was removing any evidence of his son’s poor choices and sin and restoring his position as an honored son in the family.
This is a picture of our heavenly Father. He wants to reach down right into our shame and embrace us with arms wide open, remove our shame and restore us to our rightful position as His sons and daughters. Because we are His children, we move His heart. He looks at our brokenness and pain and declares “I love you, I want you.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Did you know that God paid the ultimate price to be in a relationship with you? He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for you. Why? Because He wanted you.
In life, there is a big difference between wanting and really wanting something. We may want to buy a new pair of shoes or a new jacket, but then decide not to get it because the price is too high. But there are some things that we will pay ‘whatever it takes’ to get because we truly WANT and VALUE them.
God didn’t consider the cost. He was willing to pay whatever it took to rescue and restore His children to spend eternity with them in His Presence. The enormous price that God was willing to pay shows us the value He puts on having a relationship with His children.
God could not love you any more or any less than He does right now. He is ready and willing to forgive you of your sin and restore you as His child. He alone can turn your life around in ways that you could not even imagine. All you have to do is accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. It couldn’t be easier, but the choice is yours to make.
Jesus suffered unspeakably, bled and died so that YOU could live in relationship with Him. How incredible is His love and grace! Jesus’ death is the ultimate expression of God’s desire for us, so when life leaves you feeling disposable and unwanted, remember that God paid a massive price for you. He loves you and He wants you.
His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven.
So today, know that God Himself is thinking about you paid a huge price for you and is moved with love for you. Whatever you may be feeling right now, rest in the eternal truth that God, the Creator of the universe, sees you, wants you, and loves you!
- The truth is, God wants you on your best day AND your worst day, when you are achieving AND when you’re not— and EVERY day in between. You are wanted and seen by the God of the universe and His love for you never changes.
- God wants to reach down into your situation with arms wide open, remove any shame and restore you to your rightful position as His son or daughter.
- The enormous price that God was willing to pay by sending His one and only Son to die on the cross for you shows us the value He puts on having a relationship with His children.
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