by Max Lucado

In God’s Great Gospel

No one knows me, we think. People know my name but not my heart. They know my face but not my feelings. I have a social security number but not a soul mate. No one really knows me. The response of heaven is, “God does!” Prophets weren’t enough. Apostles wouldn’t do. Angels won’t suffice. God sent more than miracles and messages, he sent himself. He sent his Son.

In God’s great gospel, he not only sends, he becomes. He lives with. He lives as one of us. He knows our hurt, he knows our hunger, he knows betrayal. Most of all, he knows sin. He knows them better than you do. He knows their price, because he paid it. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). God knows you.

Perfect Peace

 For the love of more you might lose your purpose. Just because someone gives you advice, a job, or a promotion, you don’t have to accept it. Let your uniqueness define your path of life. Isaiah prayed, “You, LORD, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 TEV).

Before you change your job title, examine your perspective toward life. As the Japanese proverb says, “Even if you sleep in a thousand-mat room, you can only sleep on one mat.” Success is not defined by position or pay scale but by this: Doing the most what you do the best. Parents, tell them to do what they love to do so well that someone pays them to do it. “Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5 MSG).