You are so much more precious to God than the world would have you believe. You are more precious and valuable to God than words could describe – this is why in 1 John 4:16, we are encouraged to rely on God’s love for us. As we do, we step through the looking-glass into a new realm of adventure and wonder, which John calls ‘living in love’. We discover that we are our heavenly Daddy’s children, and tangibly feel the comforting warmth of this. We experience the love of God towards us; for example, God’s eyes get really wide with excitement when we wake up in the morning, an we know that he never gets tired of seeing life through our eyes and doting on our every feature. This realm is the highest, most exquisite, richest existence known to all of heaven and all of earth –it is the kingdom of God’s love for us (Colossians 1:13). If this life of faith were about our love for God, and our corresponding actions– sometimes red hot and at other times fading and tired – we would lead an insecure life where we are thrown around by emotions and never get time to adventure and explore the nature and heart of God. I am so thankful that God is not a legalist, but an excitable, child-like Papa. When you know what God thinks of you – that vast and detailed world of His personal opinion of unique you – you tangibly experience a higher reality and a heightened consciousness (Psalm 139; 2 Corinthians 5:17). The one who has inspired the creativity and art of the nations, both east and west, poured all of His imagination into creating you with your unique colours, patterns and flavours. You are treasured and valuable beyond measure.
The one who formed us and loves us is the one who gives us our personalised identity (‘name’), and keeps it safely hidden close to His heart, secure from everything that would seek to steal our worth and value. He has named each of His children personally, because he loves and cares for us with a detailed love (Revelation 2:17). You are an authentic flavour of God in the world; a unique God-poem richly poured forth from the tongue of our heavenly skilful writer (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 45:1). You are a love-drunken song bubbling out of the laughter and love of the happy Trinity (Zephaniah 3:16-17). As Kim Walker-Smith says in her song ‘Sing my Love’:
“Words could never say the way He says my name, He calls me lovely…
I could not forget every word He said, He always knew me”
In Revelation and Isaiah, the Bible tells us of God giving us this name (Revelation 2:17, 3:12; Isaiah 62:1-5) – revealing to us the original life of our design. This name that God gives to us is His very own name! (Revelation 3:12). The identity which God gives to us is that of His Son Jesus! We are a unique expression of the Christ-life, formed with the same beauty and dignity as Jesus. This is why when God gives us this name in Revelation 2, He gives it with the ‘hidden manna’ (a symbol of Jesus), and when God’s righteousness shines forth in Isaiah, we discover our new name is ‘my delight is in her’! – As the warm ways of God’s righteousness and acceptance shone into our lives through the person of Jesus Christ, we experienced for the very first time that pure, unconditional love, apart from legalistic systems and performance mentalities – we finally understood our identity in the face of Christ, and grasped that God delights in us! (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:22; John 17:23; Ephesians 1:6 – the word “accepted” here is also translated as “highly favoured” c.f. Luke 1:28 in which the same Greek word is used).
This new name reveals not only that Jesus is the template of our design, but also that we are the apple of God’s eye, formed with all the beauty, worth, creativity and dignity of the Trinity! This is why our true identity reveals us to be ‘a crown of splendour/beauty in the Lord’s hand’, as well as ‘a royal diadem’ (Isaiah 62:3). You are so precious to the heart of the Trinity, and God further reveals this when He creatively connects your authentic name – the name of God – to a pillar that will never be apart from His loving Presence. Elsewhere in The Bible, pillars are described as ‘graceful…carved to beautify a place’ (Psalm 144:12; c.f. Song of Solomon 1:15, 2:10, 4:1). You are the beauty of God’s heart!
By Paige Hunt
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Jesus Culture – Sing My Love
Jonathan David Helser and Graham Cooke – The Inheritance