“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. ” Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?.” ……… Jesus answered….”You know the commandments.”
“Teacher,” he declared, “I have kept all these since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and Loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said, go and sell everything you have and give it to the poor…. Then come follow me.”
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth.” (Mark 10:17-22)
“Jesus looked at him and loved him.”
That’s it. Jesus looked at him and loved him. Instantly, no questions asked, the end.
And this was not an easy guy to love. At the end of the account, the guy chose his riches and lifestyle over Jesus. He wanted to love God, he wanted truth….but not as much as he wanted to keep his lifestyle. Jesus knew that, even before the young man came up to talk to him – but he loved him anyway. He looked at him and he loved him.
You see, it didn’t matter who this man was or what he had done or would do, Jesus loved him based on one thing only: the fact that he was precious in the eyes of God.
This is such a powerful truth on so many levels. A truth that shows us how God loves us and also how we should love others.
We are 100% undeserving of the Love of God. And there is nothing that we can ever try or do to become deserving of it. We constantly fail, repeatedly let him down, and continually mess up. But none of that changes his love for us. Because his love is not based on what we can or cannot do, but on one simple fact: we are precious in the eyes of The Father.
This is something that I cannot fathom, his love for me never changes, because it is not based on me, it is based on Him. What an incredible thing. What a powerstripping, and yet, at the same time, empowering truth! To know that I am powerless to be good enough for him, but how freeing to not have to be! To know that no matter what I do, or how human I am, his love for me will never change. Never. What an incredible gift!
Now with that gift, and as Children of God, we have a responsibility: to love others as God loves us. Without judgement. Not based on who they are or what they have done or will do. But because of one simple fact: God loves them. The end.
To love. To love how He loves. That is our call. May we be ever accepting of this love that we do not deserve, and ever giving of the love we receive.