Imagine you’re walking into a meeting at work. What do you want others to think about you?
- That you’re good enough?
- That you’re good at what you do?
- That you fit in?
We all have desires like these. We want others to appreciate and accept us, and we think we need to earn that. The problem is that we try to do more, work harder, and do greater things for the sake of showing others that we are worth something. We try to do this with God too. We try to prove our worth to Him.
But God doesn’t count us as his beloved because he’s impressed with anything we do. Rather, in John 16:14-15 we see that the Father has bestowed all that is His upon the Son, and that the Spirit bestows all that belongs to the Son upon those who follow him. In this we are united with the Son so that the Father’s love for the Son includes us. We get to share in that relationship so that through the beloved Son we also become His beloved.
The picture above is Andrei Rublev’s depiction of the Trinity. The Father, Son and Spirit sit together around a table upon which rests a chalice representing Christ’s sacrifice for us. The sacrifice that makes our adoption as son’s and daughters possible. We are invited to complete the circle, to come and take our place at the table and to be His beloved child.
1. “What if being fully alive doesn’t depend on our becoming something spectacular or achieving something great? What if it starts with being loved? What if it ends with being loved?” (65). If this is true, how might your life and your time be spent differently?
2. Rick explains various ways he has tried to earn God’s love. In what ways are you trying to earn God’s love?
3. What is the difference between serving as a servant and serving as the beloved? Which one best describes you?
4. Describe in your own words what it means for you to be the beloved son or daughter of the Father?
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