Devotional | Accepted In Christ

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“...Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
(John 17:21-23 NIV)

One of the biggest revelations I have ever received, was when Father God spoke directly into my heart, “I love you like my Son Jesus.” My heart began to connect with this truth and something shifted within me. No longer did I feel the need to prove myself to God, instead, I began to realize that I, Marysa Bonnema, was pleasing to my Father already. This was not because of anything I could do, but simply because of who He is and the free gift He has willingly given me.

Previously, I had perceived connecting with the heart of Jesus as a duty. I would strive to reach a place of intimacy with Him. But I now realize that Jesus’ eyes were already set on my heart even before I knew for myself how to minister to Him. In other words, He loved me even before I knew how to love Him back. From the moment I was created, fashioned by His hands, I was the one He desired. He was passionate about me. God has taken me on a journey of intimacy that began the moment I chose to accept His gift of grace.

At times, we may get caught up in attempting to reach perfection, striving to become like Jesus out of our own effort. But God is inviting us to find our home in His heart. He has specifically carved out a place for you and I. The fullness of who He is already dwells on the inside of us. We do not need to try to become who are already are. Jesus will manifest Himself through you as you develop and build relationship with Him. In connecting with His heart you can then shine His love. If we are not connecting with who He is, then we are not communicating with the spirit within us, and this can lead us away from what we were created for.

If we desire to become like Jesus, we cannot expect to do so simply by acting like Him. What is your heart saying? What is your heart revealing? Becoming like Jesus begins with cultivating intimacy with Him and He who is. As we fix our eyes on Him, we will become what we behold and admire.