1. Longing to be Appreciated by God
The Lord earnestly desires us to believe that He takes a sincere pleasure in us personally.
Let's understand a little better this yearning to be Appreciated by God.
1) We need to be appreciated.
Within us we have the urge to affirm that we are appreciated from an early age.
We were created by a God who takes pleasure in loving us, who designed us to need this affirmation from him. He loves you unconditionally.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Our lives have value and importance precisely because God takes pleasure in us.
We are defined as important by virtue of the one who desires us, loves us, and delights in us.
2. We have the power to feel appreciated.
When our hearts recognize that we are assured that we can be fully known and appreciated by God, something powerful happens in our emotions.
We discover a trust in God that we could never imagine before.
Does this surprise you?
God takes pleasure in sincere Christians, even in their immaturity.
...and as the bridegroom rejoices in the bride, so shall your God rejoice in you. - Isaiah 62:5
"It hurts not to be loved or wanted"
However, we are wanted by God. While we are concerned with satisfying our longings with affirmations from others, God desires to reveal His Affections for us.
3. The value is in being wanted.
Our value is not determined by our actions, but by Who wants us and gives us value.
"What man among you, having a hundred sheep, and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and goes after the lost one until he finds it? And finding it, he sets it on his own shoulders, joyful;" - Luke 15:4,5
"Or what woman who, having ten drachma, loses a drachma, does not light the lamp, and sweeps the house, and searches diligently until she finds it? And finding it, she summons her friends and neighbors, saying: Rejoice with me, for I have found the lost coin. Thus I say unto you, there is joy before the angels of God over a sinner who repents." - Luke 15:8-10
So, have the courage to approach God because he wants to have a relationship with you because he takes full pleasure in you.
"And God saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good..." - Genesis 1:31
The Lord delights us so much that when we begin to take those first shaky steps toward Him or back to Him, the Lord rushes to meet us with overflowing affections.
4. We are loved even in our immaturity
As we understand that God intensely desires us, we realize how we can be truly transformed and able to turn away from sin when we are finally rooted in the truth of the Gospel.
There is nothing we can do to earn or disqualify ourselves from the grace that God has given us.
Immaturity is nothing more than a learning path.
"And which father among you who, if a son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or, if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent for a fish? Or, also, if he asks for an egg , shall he give him a scorpion? For if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?" - Luke 11:11-13
Understanding that God can and does take pleasure in us, even if we are immature, changes the way we relate to Him.
Every day we can be sure that He likes us.
When we make immature mistakes, He uses them as opportunities to teach us, without reservation or punishment.
And even when He teaches us in the midst of circumstances, He is expressing His love for us.
"For the Lord rebukes him whom he loveth, as a father a son whom he loveth." - Proverbs 3:12
5. We are god's favorites
He literally loves us the same way He loves His son Jesus.
"As the Father loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love." - John 15:9
Not only do we receive a passport to heaven, Jesus takes a real interest in relating to us because he likes relating to us. He likes your company. He appreciates you as a person and as a friend.
The apostle John Auto calls himself the "Beloved Disciple." As his relationship with Jesus grew and he gained security, John realized the essence of his relationship with Jesus. He knew Jesus' heart burned for him when they talked.
"Now when Jesus saw his mother there, and that the disciple whom he loved was present, he said unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son." - John 19:26
So he ran, and went to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him. - John 20:2
Then that disciple, whom Jesus loved, said to Peter, It is the Lord. And when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girded himself with his tunic (for he was naked) and threw himself into the sea. - John 21:7
And Peter, turning, saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following him, and who at supper had also laid himself on his breast, and who had said, Lord, who shall betray you? - John 21:20
Now one of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining in the bosom of Jesus. - John 13:23
We go to the Father to find out who we are instead of going to other people.
Based on the book: 7 yearnings of the human heart - Mike Bickle
Category: 7 longings of the human heart
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