The first time I ever heard “You Say” sung by Lauren Daigel, I was amazed that Daigel and her cowriters had expressed so clearly what it means to be a beloved child of God. The world tells us that we are weak, that we are not worthy, that we can never be enough. In contrast, God tells us that we are strong, that we are loved, that we are worthy. It is a message I need to hear again and again, louder and louder, until the thought becomes as natural as breathing: GOD loves me, God LOVES me, God loves ME.
Today’s reading reminds me that what ultimately matters is not what the world thinks about me, but what God thinks. The world rejected Jesus, unable to see how his life conformed to his Father’s commands. Jesus ate with sinners, he befriended the marginalized, he demonstrated the wideness of God’s mercy. He was treated with scorn and contempt by those who could not see him for who he really is. Jesus is love incarnate. He is love that stooped down to raise us up. He did not live by the world’s rules, dancing to the world’s tune, but to God’s. To put it into positive more modern parlance, you could say that he “lived his purpose.”
Listen to “You Say.”
How is God speaking to you about your identity? Who does God say that you are? Do you believe what God says about you even when the world tells you something different?
Anne Knighten is a senior in the MDiv-Distributive Learning program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She and her husband live in Redlands, CA.
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