I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea of practicing the presence of God, and how much our lives are enhanced when we see God all around us. He’s God Almighty! He’s there. I’m only encouraging you to practice … reality.
But today I want to ask you do how you think God sees you?
Oh sure, he loves you. That’s his job. We take for granted he does, because “the Bible tells me so.” But if I asked you if you think God likes you, that’s a little more iffy, isn’t it? Jesus would tell you both he and the Father like you, all the time, as well as love you.
And this motivates me to want to move closer to God. Helikes me? He enjoys my company? Then I want to talk with him and to spend time with him.
A favorite younger friend of mine lost his grandfather recently, with whom he spent a lot of time, and shared a mutual feeling of affection and love. A few days later he said this to me, “I feel like I’ve lost my #1 fan.”
That got me thinking.
What would it be about someone, such that you would feel they are your #1 fan? Maybe they always see the best in you? Maybe they are loyal and devoted to you no matter your behavior? When someone accuses you or places you in a bad light, they not only cannot imagine what that person is talking about, but they would defend you always.
They see everything about you in a light most favorable to you, and they are always on your side. They enjoy spending time with you … just to be around you.
They root for you; they cheer you on; they are encouraging you constantly.
A #1 fan wants the best for you, sees only the best in you, always assumes the best about you.
Do you have a #1 fan? Maybe your mother or your father? Your children (assuming they’re not teenagers) or your grandchildren?
May I suggest who your true #1 fan is? Your God, and his son Jesus. Just read these previous descriptions – this is them! They adore you. They are on your side. They always want the best for you and they love for you to be with them.
They think you are great – even when you obviously are not.
Jesus actually calls us friends 1, and describes God as a loving Father who, when he sees us turn back towards him, kicks off a huge celebration, throws a party and rushes out to greet us, shushing us as we start to offer our apologies for straying and stiff-arming.
He’s not angry. He doesn’t require us to grovel. There is no grudge held, even when we might deserve it.
“No, hush” he says. “Don’t say another word. You’re back. That’s all that matters. I’ve never stopped loving you, or likingyou for that matter. Come on in. Take my best robe. You’re back where you belong. Start the feast and let’s celebrate!” (Luke 15:11 – The Prodigal God)
And when you get this, when you see this is how God sees you, your heart fills up with his love, and in a wonderful reversal, you become his #1 fan. Now you see God always in the best light; you are always ready to defend him, to believe the best about him, to trust him and … you want to spend more and more time with him.
May you learn see God as he sees you, and become his #1 fan, as he is yours.