“God is not ashamed of you.” Ryan Wyatt said at Fuse Church on Sunday. The comment hung in the air — as if suspended by our deep longing and yet our persistent unbelief — as if we all collectively held our breath at the boldness of the notion. He repeated the phrase. This time a declaration. “God is. Not ashamed. Of you.”
You could tangibly feel the relief. We exhaled our corporate breath and Truth laid over the congregation like a warm blanket, comforting and covering us all.
God really is not ashamed of you. Nor is He disgusted, disappointed, embarrassed, or fretting over you. Imagine it. God in heaven wringing His hands over your latest goof up, saying, ‘Oh my, oh my, what ever will I, the God of all creation, do about this creature of mine?”
Get it? Not gonna happen. Ever. Infinity.
If you think you have that much cosmic power, you might need a bigger God. I’m just saying.
I want to belabor this point. It applies to all: the couple living together, the businesswoman who cheats on a deal, the unfaithful husband, the screaming mom, the binging teenager, the person who swears to do better with his selfishness and yet repeats it daily…God is not ashamed to call all of us His children. How can it be?
It’s called the grace factor. While we are made in His image, there is a huge difference in God’s emotional capacity and ours. Thank you God. This is really good news for people who are still running from God, or holding Him at arms length, or won’t look Him in the eyes.
Perhaps, you are afraid He will act like you act. Or how your mom, dad, pastor, friend, or spouse acted. Perhaps, you are afraid of the expression on His face. You think He is thinking about your sin and you want to hide from Him. But this is one of the greatest deceptions in the Christian life.
If you belong to God in the name of Jesus, then your sin is gone. Period. It’s paid for. It’s not that God is in denial. But that He lives in fulfillment. The law has been satisfied. Death for sin. Jesus for you. Done. You now live in a too-good-to-be-true-but-is-true reality of Grace.
Which brings us to a much bigger and better conversation. If God is not ashamed of you, and He is not talking about your sin, then what IS He talking about? What IS the expression on His face?
I want to take a few blogs and talk about living from the look on Jesus’s face. Selah. Living from…the look on His Face…
But for today, will you take a moment just to still your heart, and your world?
Let your spirit see the expression on Jesus’s face. Even now, close your eyes. Take a deep breath and just look and listen for Him.
I trust once you let him remove the veil of shame from your eyes, you will see something, Someone, better than you expected.
More to come.
“My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord I will seek.” Psalm 27:8
Photography by Salem Spicka, “Veiled Woman” from Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City