When I was about 8 years old, my father made a bold proclamation over my older brother and I. He said, “The two of you will never accomplish more than I have in your lives.”
You see, my father was a womanizer, adulterer, and addicted to gambling, alchohol, cigarettes, food, and many other things.
Essentially, he was partnering with the enemy’s heart and cursing us to become less than he was. Cursing us to go from shame to shame instead of glory to glory.
Fast forward to age 23, around a year after my salvation, I found John 14:12-14, a statement which contrasted my earthly father’s statement, it read:
“I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father! For I will do whatever you ask me to do when you ask me in my name. And that is how the Son will show what the Father is really like and bring glory to him. Ask me anything in my name, and I will do it for you!” – John 14:12-14 The Passion Translation (TPT)
I recall reading this while sitting in my office at Zin Design Studio, a grassroots design firm I just started a few months earlier, and feeling hope and God’s unconditional love fill my heart. As warm tingly sensations filled my body, electrifying and awakening my heart, I heard God say, “A Father’s desire is for His children to surpass His accomplishments.”
Instantly, I knew that my destiny wasn’t limited my my earthly father’s curse but rather my destiny was to receive and fulfill my Heavenly Father’s plans, purposes, future, and legacy He released to us when He spoke the scriptures above.
I recall thinking, what have I done to receive such an amazing Father, like God? How can I repay Him for the amazing gifts of forgiveness, redemption, restoration, love, and sacrifice He personally gave to me?
The birth, life, persecution, betrayal, punishment, and death of Jesus Christ, was payment for crimes He never committed, however, freely paid for for the sins of whole world, for you and me.
His resurrection, oh the power and glorious resurrection, was the greatest miracle He ever performed, as He rose from His grave, He returned, back to us, our dominion over earth.
I recall, after reading John 14:13, as a one year old believer, I said, “I must pursue and do all that Christ has done, including the purposes found in Matthew 10:8 and throughout His life.”
You see, God has a plan and purpose for each of us. It is written that He personally knew each of us before we were formed in our earthly mother’s womb.
Everything Christ did was part of the plan and purpose, which, He and His Father masterfully designed to restore a personal relationship with you. Yes, you!
You are His beloved, paid for with the life of Jesus Christ, whose body was crushed for you, whose blood was shed for you, and whose life was freely given for you.
IT WAS ALL ABOUT YOU
He thought of you as He was forsaken, and thought of you as He hung on the cross, and He thought of you as He took His final breath, saying, “It is finished.”
As Christmas sneaks up on us, take time to remember that you are priceless because the priceless Son of God was slain, freely given, for you.
No matter what the world has spoken over you, all that truly matters, is what God has spoken, is speaking, and will speak.
You are priceless, precious, loved, received, worthy, and so much more because God says so.