Devotional

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Have you ever had someone say. . . “I’ve been thinking about you?” While we assume those thoughts are good. . .we have no idea what they’re thinking or how long they thought about us. We spend a lot of time thinking about what others think of us. But how much time do we spend thinking about what God thinks about us? Just for a moment, let’s consider what God is thinking when He is thinking of you.  Is He disappointed or maybe even angry over some of your choices? Does He roll His eyes at the mention of your name? Does He smile when He looks down on you?

In order for that to be a productive exercise, we need to know what God said about us. In fact, when you strip all the noise away, it’s knowing and believing what your Heavenly Father says about you that matters most. The question defines the way we view ourselves, the way we interact with others, and the way we live on a daily basis.  

Too often our view or perception of how God thinks about us is all wrong. That’s because society’s ideas about God are wrong. Too often we think that God is like the worst of ourselves: someone who is harsh and judgmental, unforgiving, and just looking for excuses to punish and torment us. But that isn’t who God is at all. There is a proper response to all of this. As God thinks of you, think of Him. 

God has a lot to say about what He thinks about us — a whole Bible full. Verse after verse which spoke powerfully about what God thinks about you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) You are the salt and light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-14) You are complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10) You are loved with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) God takes great delight in you and sings over you. (Zephaniah 3:17) You are forgiven and redeemed. (Ephesians 1:7) You are created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27) You are chosen, holy, and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12, Ephesians 1:4) You are worth fighting for. (Exodus 14:14) God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10) to name a few.

We know God didn’t have to love us, God chose to love us. It wasn’t an obligation; it is a joy and delight.  Believers have value and worth not because they are something special in themselves, but because Christ has died in their place. We matter to Him. He loves us. He is delighted to call us His own. 

When you think about you….does your thinking match His? It should.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Are we more concerned about what people think about you then what God thinks? 
  2. Should we look down on ourselves when we consider how God thinks of us? 
  3. What would you change this week knowing how God thinks of you?