I’m accepted, I’m forgiven.

“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).

So much of our life seems so ordinary. We say, “There’s nothing very special about it.”

What does God say to us about our life? – He tells us that we’re important to him. He tells us that he loves us.

Let’s think about the love God has for each one of us. Let’s begin with the words, spoken by God at Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan. This is what God said about Jesus – “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). We read these words, and we say, “That was Jesus. We’re not like him. We’re sinners.” Before we follow that line of thinking, “We’re sinners … “, let’s read the words of Ephesians 1:6-7 – “In the One God loves (Jesus) … we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.” How wonderful is this? God loves us, and he has forgiven our sins! We ask the question, “Why does God love us?” From our side, there is no answer to this question. All we can say is this – We’re sinners. This is the story of our life – we’re sinners. Why, then, does God love us? The answer can only be this – God loves us, because he loves us! He looks at us, and he sees us Jesus, crucified for us. He looks at our sin, and he sees Jesus, our Saviour. He says to us, “You are my child. I love you. I have forgiven your sins.”

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