Oct
19

Treasure Within

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I recently cited the following quote on my Facebook status: Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; your purpose when you are confused.

{Christina Whitehouse-Suggs}
 
I thought it was such a beautiful quote, so expressing my gratefulness for dear ones who know and trust my heart on my good days and on my bad days. 
 
I soon realized the quote had touched others, both in places of gratefulness and in places of pain, as the number of responses grew and grew and grew.
 
You see, even in our uniqueness, we are all the same in our essence. We are all created with a need to be loved and valued. Yet many times, we find ourselves in that place. You know the one. The place of failure. Stupid mistakes. Ugly moments. Broken relationships. Confusion.
 
And if we pause long enough to really experience the pain, we can become overwhelmed by our imperfect state.
 
Enter the beauty of a true friend, some related to us by blood and some related to us by spirit.
 
Oh, they are imperfect themselves. They don’t always know how to respond to your pain. Sometimes they respond incorrectly, but when the dust settles, they are still there.  They believe in you so deeply that they will fight for you when you are unable to fight for yourself. They believe in you even when you are unable to believe in yourself. They see past your dark moment or dark season to the bigger picture.
 
When we are blessed enough to have the gift of that kind of relationship, we have encountered what I call a “treasure of righteousness”. 
 
Such a one truly carries the heart of our Lord. He loves us. He values us. He fights for us when we are unable to fight for ourselves. He believes in us when we are unable to believe in ourselves. He sees our future wholeness when we are broken; our innocence when we feel guilty; our purpose when we are confused.
 
Hebrews 7:25 says that he always lives to make intercession for us. That’s you. That’s me.
When I feel unable to pray, He prays for me.
 
When I feel unworthy, He sees me justified, sanctified, and already glorified according to Romans 8:30, seeing the end result of our redemption.
 
2 Corinthians 5:21 says we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
 
What a gift to have such a One who believes in us completely!
 
Could we stop today for just a moment and thank God for Jesus who has such a heart for us?
 
Can we further pause and be thankful for those who carry the heart of Christ for us?
 
And even more challenging, can we ask God if we carry that heart for others?
 
Treasures of righteousness. What a calling God has entrusted to us, to carry His heart for the world.
 
Perhaps today you need to look someone in the eyes who has forgotten that there is treasure within them and remind them of the good you see. Maybe a call, a text, or some other sort of message is in order to remind a dear one that you still believe in them. You never know when such a word is a key of life to another who is unable to believe in themselves any longer. 
 
Use your keys today to connect to the treasures God has placed in your path.
 
You are important to the kingdom of God. I believe in you and in the God in you and at this moment, I am praying for each of you to be proactive in touching the hurting all around you. And if you are the one in pain, I am praying for you, joining with the prayers of Christ Himself. 
 
May we all know the tangible evidence of being loved by Him today.
 

 

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Comments

  1. Sandy Jensen says:

    Good morning Mikki,
    A wonderful word. And one so needed in the body of Christ. Thank you for the many messages you have planted in my life!

  2. goodluck says:

    Your semon has heal my wound i was downcasted as a result of my sin .the word that struck me ”i am important to the kindom of God”.May the lord grant you all it will take you to stand in the gap

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