This is from The Gospel-Centered Life, a group study on how to live in response to the gospel. And it is good enough I wanted to share it with you.
“Pause and answer this question: as God thinks of you right now, what is the look on his face?”
“Do you picture God as disappointed? Angry? Indifferent? Does his face say “Get your act together!” or “If only you could do a little more for me!” If you imagined God as anything but overjoyed with you, you have fallen into a performance mindset. Because the gospel truth is that in Christ, God is deeply satisfied with you. In fact, based on Jesus’ work, God has adopted your as his own son or daughter (Gal. 4:7)! But when we fail to root our identity in what Jesus has done for us, we slip into performance-driven Christianity…”
This makes us uncomfortable – admit it! But it is true; if we are in Christ, God is overjoyed with us. He is deeply satisfied with you. That is rich and should be the basis from which we live.
This Thanksgiving, let us be thankful for that truth. God is deeply satisfied with us, not because we are good or behave well, but because Jesus is better and he sacrificed himself for us so the Father might be overjoyed when thinking of us.