We watched The Monuments Men, a splendid movie about the recovery of art and jewels during Hitler’s attempt to take over the world. It is based on a true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history. As they recovered one prized priceless piece of art after another it was amazing. Yet one piece eluded them. They kept searching until they finally found it. Searching for the treasures brought danger, death, heartache and hardship. Fear could have made them forget the task. It was a costly recovery that still means everything to the whole world.
God spoke to my heart. And what I have to take away the movie is that God loves you. And you. And you. And each and every you who ever reads this. I don’t care what you do. How you live. Where you’re from. But more importantly God does not care. Christ did not head to the cross for a select crew of elite folks found worthy on their own. No. He went with an eternal list of “unables”. Me – the chief of that list. When I look at me I know it. When Christ looks at me He knows it. What we know is completely different though, because His knowledge is based on His love alone.
Oh beloved won’t you take a moment to step away from the mirror someone fashioned for you and look at the mirror of His word. Won’t you drop the hurts and pains and rejections that have damaged the view that you see of yourself? You are redeemed, you are lovely, you are worth it, you are more. Christ Himself was sent with the task of recovery of God’s greatest jewels and you are one of His most precious ones. God ordained that you be brought back to your original owner, Himself, and Christ made the find through His Cross. The enemy desires to steal everything you have in Christ and he wants to steal you away from God. He wants you to believe that God doesn’t care and that Christ won’t search for you. But oh precious one, God is ever faithful to seek and save those who are lost, whether it’s their salvation needed or they have wandered away for a time.
God loves you. Really. Truly. Deeply. Eternally. And He is for you. Always. Forever. Absolutely. Without Reservation. Let Him redeem your life for Christ if you have not already done so. And let Him return you to your rightful owner, in your rightful position of blessing if you have strayed. This life is meant to be lived for His glory and you are part of that treasure as you live in the Light of His Truth about you.
Psalm 106:10 So He rescued them from their enemies and redeemed them from their foes.
Psalm 103:4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
Psalm 35:10 With every bone in my body I will praise Him: “Lord, who can compare with You? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?
Isaiah 47:4 Our Redeemer, whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, is the Holy One of Israel.
Colossians 1:13 For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.
(photo of original monuments men recovering priceless artworks)