Thursday, March 22, 2012

What We Need

We need people who call out the best in us.

When employees are asked what they appreciate about their boss, the most important thing is affirmation. We want to know when we have done well.

When children approach their parents, maybe more than anything else, they are looking for acceptance, affirmation and love. The sense that "you think I'm doing good and are proud of me no matter what" is great hunger in every child's heart.

When we hear something good about ourselves, it lifts us and ennobles us. It makes us want to be better.

If there is anyone who truly calls out the best in people, it's Jesus. He looks at our mess, sees it fully for what it is, and then tells us He loves us, He'd do anything for us (even die), He's proud of us...He puts in and then calls out the goodness in us.

This is the longing of our hearts.

Listen to the way the Apostle Paul writes to the Roman church, "Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another." Romans 15:14

No that verse will rattle a few theological cages. But the point of the verse is not theology anyway. It is about encouragement and calling the best out of a church that Paul loves and longs for the best for. Read it again and imagine someone you respect saying this about you, "I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them." Romans 15:14