“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.”
What do we treasure? We treasure lots of things, but you know what God treasures? God treasures you. You are God’s most valuable treasure. He loves you. So treasure the God who treasures you. In Orthodox Christianity, God was described as being stoic or impassable, meaning he doesn’t have emotions caused by our actions. But God’s an emotional guy. He feels wrath and anger, joy, elation, grace, blessing and they still say he’s stoic? He’s not. In fact, God is jealous
for you. Scriptures say he’s jealous, but it’s because he cares about you. God feels the dilemma of the king. The dilemma of the king is this: how can I truly experience love? Most of the people in my life are either friends with me because they want something from me, or they’re friends with me because they’re afraid of me. God experiences both. There are things about God we should fear, and there are things God gives us that are really awesome. Are those the only reasons you love God? Don’t go to God so you can go to heaven or so you don’t go to hell. Those aren’t good enough reasons to know God. Know God because God is so worth knowing. God is overflowing with love, beauty, and joy. God is the most joy-filled being in the universe! There’s nothing worth more than knowing him. That’s heaven here on Earth.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for treasuring me. I want to know you better. Please draw me closer to you.
REFLECTION: Do you feel like you truly know God? Learn about him. Read his word, his love letter to you. Get to know him better.