Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Feed on God's Approval

This morning I was watching a popular cooking program and noticing the hungry look on one contestant's face when she received the judges' approval.  It was noticeably apparent that their smiling faces and nods of appreciation re-energized her; I could tell her determination to continue excelling had boiled over before their eyes.

But I also couldn't help realizing how, eventually, their approval of her would fall to her own shortcomings.  I couldn't help equating that realization with the truth of how - in terms of granting lasting approval - humanity in general abysmally fails because the flesh is finite and fallible.

Not so with God.

I've felt that hunger experienced by the eager cook in terms of pleasing God, and I've reveled in the truth that - with Jesus and the fullness of the Godhead indwelling Him - there is limitless approval poured daily into the storehouse of my heart and humanity.  Friends, even though we often falter and fall short of His vision for us, His approval of us stands.  We were formed in approval, blessed and predestined in approval, and the seal of who we are in Christ Jesus has been stamped upon us with the resourceful promise of "yes and amen"!

Hallelujah! Of whom He has made us in the Beloved, He always approves.  Always.

I feed on that, because it pleases both of us; also, it is safe and absolutely inexhaustible. Abba always approves of who I am as His precious seed and designated daughter.  He approves of every one of us that way, saints.  Not one of us falls beyond the scope of His acceptance in the Beloved.  Never will He turn the scepter away, refusing us entrance into His heart when we purely and fervently approach (don't be afraid of that); but, from His Majestic Throne He'll lift His gentle, righteous hand and bid us, "Approach".  I have melted at His invitation many times, and I know the benevolence of His heart.  We were created in acceptance and approval, and God's character and behavior never deviates from His nature. He is not a man that He should lie and - of His creation and precious children - He definitely approves.

While our decisions and actions may grieve Him along life's journey, the crux of who we are as His sons and daughters remains fixed and guarded in the unfailing love of His heart.  He passionately adores us, He craves our company, and approves of every heart He has formed and destined for greatness and unity with His Spirit.  Amen.
"For we are His workmanship; created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)
That truth is what I'll wear and bask in all the days of my life.  Thank You, Jesus!


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)