Proud of Me?
No, God couldn’t be proud of me.
He sees all my pettiness, my failures, my self-centeredness, my sins. I look back at my life and it seems like one series of mess-ups after another. I look at me now and I can’t believe how I keep making mistakes and end up not being the person I want to be.
God can’t be proud of me. He’s probably proud of Billy Graham, but no way he’s proud of me.
I don’t know whether you’ve ever said words like those to yourself, but I sure have. And if you look honestly at yourself, you think the facts are indisputable: no way God could be proud of you.
But if you are a child of God, if you through faith in Christ have been born again, then you are forgetting some other facts that are more important than all of your failures stacked up in a pile as high as Mount Everest.
Fact #1 God Created Me & Chose Me
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world… Ephesians 1:4
God from the beginning chose you for salvation. 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Read these verses, slowly, and personalize them with your name. “God chose John to be in Christ before He even created the universe.” Think of that. Even with all my frailities, God specifically created me and chose me. I am His. He made me. Made me to be in Christ.
When I have crafted an essay or a poem and step back and look at it, I am proud of my creation. Even if I know it won’t win a reward, even if it might not be the best I’ve ever written, I’m still proud. When my child scribbles a picture I put it on my refrigerator. Does it belong in an art gallery? That doesn’t matter, it’s my child and my heart is well satisfied with their efforts. So, how can we not realize that a perfect Creator does not step back from us, His creations and beam with pride?
Fact #2 God Has Forgiven Our Sins Through Christ
God will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)
All of the failures, all of the sins, all the mistakes that convince us that God cannot be proud of us— they are cast into the depths of the sea. God has forgiven us. Just picture this conversation:
God: I am so proud of you.
You: I know you’re really not. Think about how angry I got today at my friend and mistreated her.
God: Uh, I don’t remember that.
Well, yes, God actually can remember everything, but get the point: forgiveness with God is not just a mushy feeling: it is also judicial: all of our wrongs are forever not counted against us in any way. Through Christ’s death God is free to forget our sins.
Fact #3 God Has Clothed Us in Righteousness
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)
Not only does God forgive us, He does much more: he actually clothes us in Christ’s righteousness. As Christ took our sins in God’s eyes, now we take Christ’s perfect righteousness in God’s eyes.
Fact #4 God Rejoices Over Us
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV)
It’s undeniable, it’s in the Bible: God delights in His children, He sings with delight over each and every one of us. He created us, He forgave us, He clothed us, and now He can rejoice over every one of His children.
Fact #5 God is Pleased to Give Us Life With Him Forever
Even if this life was all that there was, all that God has done for His children would be proof of His affection for us. But there’s more. Much more. Incredible, abundant life for all eternity:
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’ (Matthew 25:34)
What will I one day hear? “Come, John, blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” I just let that sink in and it completely blows me away. Jesus will one day invite me (me!) into a kingdom that God has prepared for me. And the joy and the love will just keep growing forever and ever.
Whenever your heart is down, comfort yourselves with these truths. If you are His child, you have a proud papa, one who chose you, who has forgiven you, blessed you, and who is preparing an eternity for you.
There in the stars or a smile of a child,
We glimpse how His joy fills eternity.
This is His pleasure to give us Himself, His glory, His heaven, His peace.
And soon all confusion will fade from our sight,
With wonder we’ll dwell in His kingdom of light.
Perfectly wonderful, mystical joy sings for creation’s great dance.
God bids us to join Him in all that He has,
Delighted to give us the chance.
God is delighted in all He has done,
Nothing can end all the joy He’s begun.
His children delight in Him through His own Son.
God is delighted in all He has done. (Steve Green)