You’re Cute, I’m Cute…Everybody’s Cute!

by Lester Young

Have you ever wondered what the Lord Jesus looks like?  Aside from the fact that His physical appearance probably doesn’t matter all that much to our salvation here and now (and I can confidently say that because if it did, God would have left us some sort of picture or description), I suppose most Christians have formed some kind of image in their minds of Jesus’ height, weight, build, hair, skin color, etc.  Interesting to think about but, nevertheless, quite irrelevant – at least for the moment.

Or is it?  God beholds Jesus all the time.  They’re in the same Throne Room together (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 6:19-20).  And I’m sure Jesus looks absolutely beautiful to Him.  But I believe that God sees Jesus a whole lot more, and in a lot more places, than we might actually realize.  Why do I say that?  Well, look with me at John 17:23, where we find (to our complete and utter astonishment!) that God actually loves us – you and me, each and every one of us personally – as much as He loves Jesus.  You know, I think if we really got hold of the truth of that Scripture, we’d probably jump as high as Hancock.  It’s almost unimaginable – but, it is written!

Now check out Romans 8:29: “For those whom [God] foreknew (of whom He was aware and loved beforehand), He also destined from the beginning (foreordaining them) to be molded into the image of His Son (and share inwardly His likeness), that He might become the firstborn among many brethren (Amplified Bible).  What’s that saying to us?  It’s saying, quite simply, that from the beginning God meant for every born-again believer to look just like Jesus.  But even more, because we’re already separated from sin and cleansed by the Holy Lamb’s shed Blood, God – through His own eyes – sees us like that right now! (Colossians 1:13-14; Hebrews 13:12; 1 John 1:7)

“How could that be?”  Well, let me ask you something: Do you think God operates one way, but He requires us to do things in some other way?  If He did, then we couldn’t be called His children.  In Biblical circles, a father’s ‘children’ are uniquely identified in the fact that they do the same things the parent does (John 8:37-44).  And we know that God is always trying to get us to operate the same way He does – which is, of course, by faith.

Yep, God works by faith.  If you don’t believe me, read Genesis 1.  Before anything was the way He wanted it to be, He spoke the end result – as in, “Light, BE!” (Genesis 1:3)  He put His faith to work by speaking out what He wanted to have.  In short, He “called things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).  Consider that before Abraham had any kids at all, God said to him, “I have made you (past tense) a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5; Romans 4:17).  That’s how He chose to view Abraham from then on, and He spoke to him and about him in the faith of those words – that is, fully believing that what He’d decreed was already done.  What’s more, by changing his name from Abram (which means ‘exalted father’) to Abraham (‘father of a multitude’), God effectively made him operate that same way, too.  Abraham now had to call himself – and answer to – his new name, “Father of a multitude”.

When God looks at us, He acknowledges the cleansing Blood of Jesus upon us and in faith sees us conformed to the very image of His Son – because, after all, Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29).  So if God views us that way, how should we be viewing each other?  Husbands, if God chooses, by faith, to see Jesus when He looks at you, how are you looking at your wife?  Why are you looking down on her for all her faults when you’re experiencing such grace – and you know good and well you don’t deserve it – through the Father’s eyes?  And you wives, if the Lord shows such mercy to you in spite of yourself, why are you nitpicking and running down your husband whenever you get the chance?  Parents to children, children to parents, friends to friends, brethren to brethren… I could go on, but I’ll just say this and leave it out there: motes and beams, motes and beams, motes and beams (Luke 6:42).

We’re predestine conformed to the image of Jesus because God looks at us and treats us – by faith – as if we already are.  And God looks at us and treats us that way because we’re predestined conformed.  The operation of His faith at work changes us into that wonderful image of His dear Son.  By the same operation of faith we should look at each other, not through the eyes of irritation or anger or spite, but through the eyes of what God has called each of us to be.  Once we begin to do that, it’s amazing how quickly all those little annoyances and hurts and disappointments will melt away, and we’ll start to respect and adore each other the way God sees each of us – as another one of His precious, cute kids!

Can you imagine His wallet full of baby pictures…??

 

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7 Comments to “You’re Cute, I’m Cute…Everybody’s Cute!”

  1. A lot of truth here. If we could only comprehend God’s love for us, what would happen?

    • Hi, Arlene…thanks very much for your kind input. Please allow me to take a stab at answering your rhetorical question: I think it would be Heaven on earth. Ephesians 3:17-19 says that as we become rooted and grounded in God’s love for us (each of us on a personal level), we’ll fully know and comprehend with all the saints the length, breadth, depth and height of that incomprehensible love, and thereby be filled with all of God’s fullness ourselves. Sounds like a whole lotta fun to me! Thanks again..hope you’ll visit often.

      Lester

  2. Another great post, Lester. We do really fall short in how we look at one another. And instead of simply loving others we are quick to judge them as we see them through our own flawed vision. If we could learn to see Jesus in others instead of all the faults and weaknesses and blemishes and failings, we would be a whole lot happier and a whole lot more like Jesus. But we look forward to the day when we will actually be like Him because we will see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). Then we will see each other in the same light. Until that day when He appears, we can only hope and pray that we will become increasingly like Jesus and less and less like the old man.

    • Hi Diane…You hit the nail on the head, our (as humans) quick habit of judging others and judging by what we see and/or hear with our natural ears – and Jesus specifically warned about that. Thanks so much for your input…as always, much appreciated.

      L

  3. This morning in church, our pastor told us to look at someone in the church. Then he said that’s what Jesus looks like. I thought it was funny that it should be just after I read your post.

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