Yes, It Really Is All About You

{By Ellery Sadler}

is christianity all about you
Christianity was never supposed to be a game of comparison.

Me against you. You against Peter. Peter against Rachel. Rachel against Susan. Susan against John.

As I was driving home in the dark, I was thinking about all the things that other people were doing that sounded so much cooler than what I was doing. Mission trips. Published books. Beautiful pictures. Traveling the world. And what was I doing? Spending my days cranking out schoolwork, painting, and trying to keep at least one or two of my New Year’s resolutions past the first three weeks of 2016.

I sometimes I use my time driving to pray. First because I happen to have a lot of time spent in the car and second because there are only so many things you can do while driving. So I prayed, basically saying:

Dear God, I would like a cooler life. ASAP. Please. Amen.
Thank you so much.

And then it hit me like a tractor-trailer going the wrong way down 64. It isn’t about comparison. Christianity isn’t all about the other Christians or the other people I wish I were more like or am glad I’m not like.

It’s all about Jesus. And it’s all about me. Because Jesus is all about me.

In the hurry and busy and chaos we call normal, I forgot about the miracle of Jesus. I forgot that even if I was the only person on the planet ever to be created, ever to sin, He still would have come to die for me. Me. And if you were the only person on the planet, He would come to die for you. In fact, He did.

One of the biggest things we’ve forgotten about Christianity is the truth that God. Loves. You. You specifically. You uniquely. Only you. Just you. All you.

There is no part of you that He doesn’t love.

He doesn’t just love the lovely parts about you or the talents that you have or the way that you perform under pressure. He doesn’t just love the way you serve or the way you laugh or the way you are when everything is fine. He loves the deepest part of your soul. He loves the unlovely part of you. He loves all of you. Can you fathom that?

Can you wrap your mind around the truth that there is someone who loves the worst part of yourself? The nagging, complaining, impatient, stressed, selfish part of you?
Since before He even thought about creating the world, He thought about you. He’s loved you since before time was even conceived. He has loved you since forever.

Sometimes, I think we need to be reminded of that. It isn’t all about your performance. It isn’t all about your success. It isn’t about the way you look. It isn’t even about the number of people you help or serve or the ministry you volunteer at or the art you create or the business you build. Those are all wonderful things, and God cares about them infinitely more than you could imagine. But most of all He cares about you.

Let’s live like it. There is no need to shrink from greatness. There is no need to worry about failure. Failing is ok. The biggest failure of humanity led to its greatest salvation. There is no need to sit back and watch the world go by. Dive in. You are loved. Loved with a love so powerful a single breath of it created life. We don’t need to compare. We don’t need to be in competition with each other. We don’t need to try to impress anyone.

Our hope is sure. Our life is sure. Our future is sure.

Because Jesus is all about you.

 

 

 

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