I never thought that I would see the day that a button could potentially define me.
You might think that the previous statement is a little extreme, but in the current age of internet technology, “like” buttons have been affixed to nearly everything on the internet. If you’re a blogger, you really like it when people “like” your post. I’m pretty sure that advertisers drool whenever they see the “like” count go up on a product. I know that we sure like it when someone ‘likes’ our Reaching Finland page on Facebook. The more exposure in Finland, the better! If you’re a Facebook user (and you’re honest), you love it if people “like” your status, post, picture…you name it, ‘Facebookers’ love it when their stuff is recognized by others. Yeah, I admit it. When I post pictures, it’s pretty cool to know if people like them or not. But I wonder… how many people live a life defined by the “likes” of others? It’s sad, really, because many have settled themselves into a place where ego, esteem, or self-worth can potentially feed off of – or really need – the positive actions of men and women who might – or might not – really know us.
I’m really glad that God doesn’t need – or use – a “like” button. I can picture it now: God is sitting on His golden, swivel-chaired throne surrounded by a huge circular panel that contains literally billions of little red buttons. Each one has a name on it, and one of them is mine. I’ve just done something incredibly nice for someone else, and His magnificent finger is reaching for the button that says “Glenda”… not. Forget the “like” business. “Like” is for schoolchildren. The Bible says that He flat-out loves us.
God is love, and He doesn’t need a button to prove it.
When I do everything right, Jesus loves me. When I make absolute mess out of something that I do, whether it be a response in conversation or an action that hurts someone, He loves me. When I don’t pray, He still loves me. (And oh, but when I do, Jesus not only loves me, but His face is probably lit up like the sun on a cloudless day!) Whether or not we act, do, teach, reach, learn, study… like we should, He loves us. The Bible is pretty plain in explaining it.
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19; KJV)
God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:9-10, NLT)
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. (Ephesians 1:4, NLT)
But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) (Ephesians 2:4-5, NLT)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(John 3:16, KJV)
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39, NLT)
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:19, NLT)
I’m not sure who out there in internet land needs to know that He loves you, but whoever you are – – – this blog is for you. Take a chance on God. He’s already taken one on you.
Sis. Glenda Alphin
UPCI Missionary to Finland