Thursday Inspiration 8.21.14

Aslan: Lucy
Lucy: Aslan?
Aslan: What have you done child?
Lucy: I don’t know, that was awful.
Aslan: But you chose it, Lucy.
Lucy: I didn’t mean to choose all of that, I just wanted to be beautiful like Susan. That’s all
Aslan: You wished yourself away and with it much more. Your brothers and sisters wouldn’t know Narnia without you, Lucy. you discovered it first, remember?
Lucy: I’m so sorry.
Aslan: You doubt your value, don’t run from who you are

More often than not I find myself being a “Lucy”. It’s hard not to compare yourself with others. At various times I’ve felt that I was not worthy, beautiful, noticeable, talented, or whatever—enough. If only I were more beautiful, or talented, or [fill in the blank] then my life would look like [fill in the blank]. The danger in that is that you sell yourself short. Short enough that you are no longer bold as you are intended and expected to be as a child of God. Short enough that you are giving Satan ground. Short enough that you miss potential areas to be blessed or to bless others because of your own insecurities.

So today I want to remind myself and you that this is what God thinks of us:

Ephesians 1 The Message (MSG)

1-2 I, Paul, am under God’s plan as an apostle, a special agent of Christ Jesus, writing to you faithful believers in Ephesus. I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ.

The God of Glory

3-6 How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

7-10 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.

15-19 That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

20-23 All this energy issues from Christ: God raised him from death and set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.

In short: God planned for us being in His family before we were ever born. Back when He formed the Universe He was excitedly planning for our creation and release into this world at this time. He created me and you as the focus of His love. Even Paul, long gone, is thanking God for us believers. All of this—is mind-boggling.

An excerpt from Romans 5 MSG:

We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

I love the idea of opening our door and finding that God is also standing there with His door open. We’re not waiting for Him to open His, waiting outside and wondering if anyone is home, He’s anxiously waiting for us and therefore doesn’t waste a moment and flings His door wide open. “We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand”. Therefore although I am a “Lucy” at times God already sees me as a beautiful “Susan’. To Him I am already talented, noticeable, and beautiful enough. 

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