But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

1 Peter 2: 9

Our hearts yearn for acceptance and for belonging; we want to be desired and sought after. Yet, people universally struggle with a sense of rejection and with the fear of being unwanted and unlovable. We will often do or say almost anything in order to gain the approval of others. However, one of the problems with this approach to life is that others are doing the same thing; so, no one is being true to themselves or honest with others. We build relationships that are founded on well crafted facades, and we encounter major issues when our true selves are revealed over time.

Christ’s way of relating to people is exactly the opposite; He shows us who He is, what He wants from us, what He plans to give to us, and how the relationship will develop. The Lord has always been up front in every aspect of His interaction with people. He also wants to be involved with each of us. God doesn’t use Facebook or any other social networking site to check us out. He doesn’t need to watch us from across a room at a party in order to decide if we are attractive to Him, and He certainly doesn’t need to Google us in order to become aware of our pasts. He is our Creator; thus, He is responsible for the way that each of us was designed, and He delights in the work that He did.

Regardless of what I have done or not done, no matter what I have accomplished, and without regard for my past or my present spiritual state; God promises that He has chosen me to be the recipient of His love, blessing, joy, mercy, and grace. He wants to fill my heart with the brilliance of His light, He wants to lift me up and embrace me with the warmth of perfect love, and He does empower and equip me to share this love with a lonely world.