One of the books my parents owned that I loved the most was an unabridged dictionary. It’s a dictionary that has not been reduced in size by omission of terms or definitions. It truly was like an encyclopedia of words. It was huge. The spine was at least 6 inches deep. It was full of wonderful words and the middle section contained voluminous full color art of animals, plants and insects. I spent hours and hours poring over that book.
Pretty much everyone is an open book. All it requires is a little time and the ability to listen. Within a short amount of time you can find out what a person’s passion is, what their hurts are and how they grew up. Often people find themselves defined by the circumstances of their childhood or their teen years. If they’re not careful they will never see themselves in any other way – they’ll see themselves as incomplete, inadequate or damaged. Or they will constantly try to measure up to others.
Oh beloved, why not start this morning and let God re-write your definition? Why not run to His unabridged view of you? His Word holds the greatest description of a believer. If you belong to Christ, then you can believe what He says about you. Regardless of your family life, your past regrets or your biggest mistakes, they do not define you! You are loved! You are cherished! You are important and you have a purpose! Give Him everything you aren’t and let Him write the Truth on your heart! And don’t forget to thank Him this morning for His wondrous love, His tender mercy and His infinite care!
1 Peter 2:9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.
I Corinthians 1:30-31 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”
Colossians 2:10 KJV And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power
Ephesians 1:4 Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.
Romans 8:17 a And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people.