We define ourselves in a lot of different ways.
The approval (or lack thereof) of our father.
The success (or failure) of a business venture.
The balance (or deficiency) in our bank account.
Our social status.
Our Facebook friends.
The way others see and perceive us often determines how we see ourselves. A broken and dangerous reality, but a reality nonetheless.
We work, we strive, we long. For unconditional love. For approval. For acceptance. Some days the momentary validation of those around us convinces us we’ve earned it. Other days we can’t seem to find our value anywhere.
When we define ourselves by man’s approval, we worship a god that will never satisfy.
There is one face worth gazing into this Christmas. One face that will reflect back your true value.
“Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” –Luke 2:10-12 MSG
When you were far from God. Broken. Ashamed. Unworthy. He didn’t judgmentally look down His nose and command you to perform for His approval. To earn enough bonus miles to cover the distance.
He came for you.
Don’t miss that. The God of the Universe: Came. For. You. How much more approval do you need?
See yourself the way He sees you this Christmas.