Love those “list your favorite…” games. My favorite drink is coffee (duh). My favorite color is (are) reds and blues. My favorite flower is oak leaf hydrangea. My favorite quote is “…because He first loved us.” You get it. Favorites are awesome. Each thing we favor gives us such a return on our investment.
When Christ is our favorite we delve into very deep waters. But unlike the ocean waves that threaten to annihilate us and suffocate our life away, having Christ as our favorite gives us new life, fresh breath and energized living! When Jesus introduced Himself to me I responded “oh yes!” It was a moment unlike anything I can explain. What I had always wanted and longed for was found in Christ. Still to this day, disappointments may come, problems may surface, but Jesus – Oh the sweet, sweet love of Jesus! Jesus gives new meaning to favorite. Synonyms for favorite include beloved, desired, chosen, much loved.
Oh beloved and you are! Jesus loves you like no other. His passion for you never dims. His favor towards you never runs out. His blessings over you remain constant. He is truly the love of your life. You are truly the love of His life. He went to the cross thinking of you! And He stayed on the cross with your face in His mind. He has never once felt that He could do no more for you. He will never say “done with you”, “forget you” or leave you unloved. Even when you felt obstinate, unloving or unkind – His love stayed the course with you. When life gets fragile His love grows stronger. When people get ugly His love is more beautiful. When you are humiliated He overshadows you with His own worth. Don’t let what anyone on earth says about you cause you to forget what God says about you. Favored, beautiful, redeemed, lovely, kind, forgiving, strong, valiant…These are just a few of your many attributes as a daughter of the Most High God. Speak the truth over yourself every morning before the day rushes in to tame you or shame you.
God loves you and He’s for you. Trite little sentence that may seem- huge declaration that is! God says you’re His favored child. As you learn to live favored and make Him your favorite you will learn to live in the Light of all that He is for you. His Word is His declaration over you and you will increase in wisdom, power and love as you live in the Light of His favor, mercy, glory and grace!
I John 3:16a We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us…
Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. (entire chapter)
Psalm 63:3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You!
Psalm 52:8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in and confidently rely on the loving-kindness and the mercy of God forever and ever.
Romans 8:39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.