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I first shared this post written by Kelly Sobieski back in September. It is so good that I am sharing it again as a part of my Write 31 Days series. Please read on…….
Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:21
Love is changing my definition of beauty altogether. Delicately crafted in God’s image, our hearts were created to display beauty. Over the years, I’ve covered up my heart in the name of what I used to think was beautiful. Words scripted by my own hand were adhered to my heart with lies that spoke of doing more, knowing more, serving more, being more.
I’ve covered up my heart in self-protection. I’ve covered it up in striving and perfectionism. I’ve covered up my heart, because I refused to trust that God loved me without my help. Like paper-mâché, time turned those words to cement. I used to think my heart was beautiful adorned this way. I admired the work of my hands, until I realized that my heart had become a rough, cast-like shell.
What I thought was beautiful in God’s sight turned out to be nothing but a hardened heart.
Altered and imprisoned, my heart was dead. Buried underneath all my failed attempts to make myself beautiful was the truth about how God sees me. Jesus has lovingly scraped off all the layers, peeled off each and every message I placed there. With Him, the damage is never permanent. My delicate, fragile heart is being remade as His continuous flow of love washes over me. It is growing in beauty as my Creator works to restore what’s been lost.
The book of Jude is a battle cry to believers who were at risk of being swayed by others adding to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jude addresses the church as, “those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.” Being loved and being kept means we’re taken care of, guarded, and protected in Jesus. It means there’s no need to cover up. It means the Father’s love really is enough. Jude wraps up with this in verse 21: “Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
We can wear ourselves out striving to keep this relationship, keep that status, and keep all the plates spinning. So much effort is exerted just trying to keep up. But God’s says we’re kept. We’re secure. And loved. He urges us to remind ourselves how deeply loved we really are.
Our covering up is often an attempt to keep what cannot be taken from us.
When we believe we’re loved, there’s no need to cover up anymore. God’s love rewrites our definition of beauty. We realize how useless it is to apply layer after layer of self-effort and self-protection. We tend to be obsessed with ourselves, and it’s making us sick. Self is exactly what Jesus came to save us from. Only God’s love can cover brokenness and imperfection. Jesus’ blood makes us spotless and pure. It’s His righteousness- not self-righteousness- that makes us children of God.
Adding anything to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, no matter how good or noble or beautiful that thing may seem, is like manufacturing our own hollow, paper-mâché hearts. True beauty is displayed when we rest in the One who says that His love is for keeps.
More About Kelly
The Sobieski Crew is about finding meaning in the mundane, hope in the shadows. It’s a space to sit with the confusing questions and wrestle the difficult ones. It’s an invitation to explore a Love beyond your deepest why. It’s a place to come when you need to be reminded that you are loved. Check out more of The Sobieski Crew at: http://thesobieskicrew.blogspot.com
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