I hate when my Instagram photos don’t receive love. Let’s just be real. I’ll work so hard perfecting my filters and crop hoping for at least a few hours of Instafame! Imagine taking the best picture with the best filters and writing a warm, heartfelt caption only to be welcomed with one little heart…
If this happened to me, I would honestly delete my pic and repost it later.
How do you think God would react? “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “ Luke 15:7
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
My hearts battles with always wanting “one more,” but God just wants more of one.
Each day, we battle with this internal struggle of wanting one more. “If I had one more ________, then ________.” The kingdom of God is not like this. Jesus is relentless at pursing the individual. Have you ever been at 99 likes and you need one more to get to 100? We get worked up and hope someone, anyone, will just “Like” our picture. If we’re honest, we could care less about who it is, we just want to see the numbers. As silly as an Instagram comparison might seem, doesn’t this represent the nature of our hearts?
Jesus, our amazing savior teaches, us to forget about the 100 and focus on the one.
Jesus revealing this characteristic about the Father teaches us the value we hold to God. If God holds such a high value on just one of His creations, then that must affect how we treat each individual person.
My prayer is that we may treat each person, whether a stranger, close friend, or social media follower, with the insane amount of worth they hold. Let’s take a moment to celebrate what that person means to God. This attitude will compel us to break our routines and begin to love others so much that we begin to share what Jesus has done.