God Finds Joy in You
By Rick Warren
“I’m a mess. I’m nothing and have nothing; make something of me. You [God] can do it; you’ve got what it takes” (Psalm 40:17 The Message).
A lot of people are afraid to trust Jesus with their lives because they think that means he will narrow it. He’ll cramp their style and make their life smaller with a lot of rules and restrictions.
When Christ comes into your life, the exact opposite happens. Instead of making your life more religious, he makes it more alive. He makes you more fully human and able to experience the life you were meant to live. He expands your horizons and gives you the ability to see things you’ve never seen before. You may be living a good life now, but God wants to offer you a better life.
The Bible says, “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19 NIV). God expands the possibilities for your life because he delights in you. He doesn’t just love you; he finds joy in you!
The best way I can describe it is thinking back to when my children were young. They didn’t have to do anything special for me to love them. I loved them and found joy in everything they did because they were my children and I was their father.
God is your heavenly Father; he made you, he loves you, and he finds joy in you. He wants to rescue you and give you the better, fuller life that you were destined to have.
Talk It Over
What fears did you have to confront before choosing to follow Jesus?
How has your life become “more alive” as you’ve drawn closer to Jesus?
How is God making something of your life right now?
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