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by Max Lucado

It is good to…sing praises to Your name…to declare Your loving kindness in the morning.” Psalm 92 1-2 (NKJV)

Listen closely.  Jesus’ love does not depend upon what we do for him.  Not at all.  In the eyes of the King, you have value simply because you are.  You don’t have to look nice or perform well.  Your value is inborn.

Think about that for just a minute.  You are valuable just because you exist.  Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are.  Remember that the next time you are left bobbing in the wake of someone’s steamboat ambition.  Remember that the next time some trickster tries to hang a bargain basement price tag on your self-worth.  The next time someone tries to pass you off as a cheap buy, just think about the way Jesus honors you…and smile.

I do.  I smile because I know I don’t deserve love like that.  None of us do.

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From: No Wonder They Call Him the Savior
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by Marilyn Ehle

“What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him— and in seeing him, become like himâ€?.
1 John 3:2, (The Message)

A good friend of mine recently died after a long bout with cancer and an extended stay in a care facility. Strange as it may seem, when I heard the news of her death, my first reaction was, “Heaven will be no surprise for her. She’s been living for years in the presence of Jesus.�

My last visit with Susan—just two weeks before her death—was just like all my other visits. Her first question was about what God was doing in my life. Her face, now thin from the ravages of disease, was lit with a brilliant smile. Susan’s work with international students through the years was continuing as she met twice weekly with one of the kitchen staff who wanted to improve her English. She spoke lovingly by phone every day with her mother whose confused mind was withering because of senile dementia. She asked if we could pray—not for herself but for her patient, tired and loving husband. “This is so hard for him,� she said. 

When Susan stopped breathing the air of earth, I know she swelled with love at the sight of her Savior. She had been becoming like Him for a long time. Heaven wasn’t really a surprise; she had lived its reality for years.

Father God, help me look longingly at you each day and live increasingly like you so that when I see you face to face, I will not be surprised, only overcome with joy.

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