The King and His Maiden

“But made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant,” (Philippians 2:7 NIV).

Soren Kierkegaard crafted a parable titled, “The King and His Maiden” to demonstrate the lengths God took to win our hearts. It goes something like this:

Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden. The king was like no other king. Every statesman trembled before his power. No one dared breathe a word against him, for he had the strength to crush all opponents.

And yet this mighty king was melted by love for a humble maiden who lived in a poor village in his kingdom. How could he declare his love for her? In an odd sort of way, his kingliness tied his hands. If he brought her to the palace and crowned her head with jewels and clothed her body in royal robes, she would surely not resist-no one dared resist him. But would she love him?

She would say she loved him, of course, but would she truly? Or would she live with him in fear, nursing a private grief for the life she had left behind? Would she be happy at his side? How could he know for sure? If he rode to her forest cottage in his royal carriage, with an armed escort waving bright banners, that too would overwhelm her. He did not want a cringing subject. He wanted a lover, an equal. He wanted her to forget that he was a king and she a humble maiden and to let shared love cross the gulf between them. For it is only in love that the unequal can be made equal.

The king, convinced he could not elevate the maiden without crushing her freedom, resolved to descend to her. Clothed as a beggar, he approached her cottage with a worn cloak fluttering loose about him. This was not just a disguise—the king took on a totally new identity—He had renounced his throne to declare his love and to win hers.

Likewise, the King, your King, lowered himself to a place of putting on human flesh in His pursuit of your heart. Paul described it this way:

[Jesus] who, being in very nature God,
Did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
But made himself nothing,
Taking the very nature of a servant,
Being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled himself
And became obedient to death –
Even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
And gave him the name that is above every name,
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
In heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
To the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:6-11)

Why would God do such a thing? Because He loves you and longs to have an intimate, personal relationship with you. It was a high price to pay, but Jesus knew you were worth it.

Oh friend, you are not only chosen, you are pursued to the utmost! Chosen. Pursued. Loved. And when you understand the great lengths God has gone through and continues to go through to win your love, it changes how you view all of life.

Let’s Pray
Jesus, sometimes I can barely take it in – all that You gave up for me. For me! Help me to lead a life worthy of the price You paid. In Your Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
How has knowing all that Jesus gave up for you changed your life?

How does knowing all that Jesus gave up for you, change the way you see yourself?

Share you answers below.  I’m going to randomly pick two comments and send them a free copy of my new book,

61 Responses to The King and His Maiden

  1. Barb August 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    According to Rev. 3:17, I am wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I agree with that, plus so many more negative adjectives could be added about my character, but knowing that Jesus loves me anyway, that he chose to leave the glory of heaven; to come here and live on this sinful earth and take on humanity for me, and to suffer and die on the cross for me is more then I can comprehend, but, I am so very grateful that Jesus did do that for me, and all of us.

  2. Brenda Norsworthy August 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Because I have gone through so many periods of depression since my early 20’s I have tried time and time again to keep close to God and I have failed time and time again. This year however, God saw fit to deliver me from the pain that I had been trying to hide away in a little box in the back of my head. I learned forgiveness for those who had hurt me at a young age and after that was able to accept the forgiveness that God had been trying to give me all of my adult life. In watching the Passion of the Christ….I cried again and again over the abuse that my Jesus took for me…..the love that Jesus has for us is amazing….no one else would have died for me in my sin, however Jesus not only died for me but for the world of sinners—then and now. I now know that regardless of what anyone thinks about me….I am a child of the most high God, worthy to be loved and beautiful just as I am. Thank you Jesus for what you did for me. I thank you also Sharon Jaynes for having the courage to come to us everyday in your own way to speak a word into our lives….giving God all the Glory and all the Praise. Thank you, God Bless and Love to you in Christ….Brenda Kay Norsworthy

  3. Betty Stephens August 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I feel so unworthy that my one desire is to please Him by obeying His commands, and without His help I can’t even do that.

  4. Emily Haj August 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Knowing all Jesus has done and is still doing in my life is utterly amazing. As a recovering addict with 2 children, one with down syndrome, and the other adhd and I now have Hepatitis C due to my past drug use. I finally get it that Jesus chased me even into Mexico because he loved me so much. I am going to marraige counseling right now and it is great the biblical principles we are learning to apply to our lives and in raising our challenging children. I am amazed everyday at the new ways my Jesus shows me His unfailing love. I just want to know Him more and I am not a scholar in the biblical sence by any means I just want to learn to love him with all my heart. I am greatful for my girlfriends in God that helps me really see all that He wants for my life and even all my horrible past he still came down as the Prince He is and saved a wrech like me. Gradtitude– there really are no words!!

  5. Abigail Schoeff August 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I have always “known” that Christ died on the cross for me. It has just been within the last 2 1/2 years that I have started to digest and live and different and more fulfilling life in walking with Christ. It’s as if blinders have been removed from my eyes and my heart is less hardened. It is easier to love, forgive and be happy in general. I still have off days, but with Christ, I can always go to my bible and prayer for help! What an amazing Lord we have! I am so thrilled to have Him guiding my ship!

  6. Kim August 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Knowing all that Jesus gave up for me has made me realize how much I need to give that same love to those around me. His word says that “love” is the greatest of the commandments as well as the fruit of the spirit. I don’t believe we can call ourselves a true Christian without having love one for another and loving our fellow brother more than ourselves.

  7. Ammi August 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    I really do not know what was written that brought me to this point this morning, it is probably a mixture of everything read and every current joy and trial. But, the terms “being a hired hand” and “being the bride” , really come into play. So many times, in so many different ways, I see how I have taken the reigns and started driving my own wagon, looking toward the goal of serving Him. But, somehow, someway I need to hand them back to Him, and sit in that passenger seat, gazing at Him and marvelling at His perfect driving skills – and resting in that.

  8. Kathleen Chapman August 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I ‘fortunately’ grew up in a home where our dad called his girls ‘princess’. One day, when old enough to question the concept, dad opened God’s Word and explained how we could be a daughter of the true King. Wow, what an easy transistion into becoming a child of the King when I gave my heart to God. Knowing Jesus has given me life, hope, breath and a reason to wake up on some the horrific mornings on this earth. My prayer is that every child on earth has an opportunity to have a father (Or mother) in their life who can mirror the King of Kings for them!

  9. Carol Mundy August 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I am overwhelmed at what Christ did for me. So undeserving, yet He died that I might live with Him forever. Such wisdom is too much for me, I cannot take it in!

  10. Linda W August 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    God cared enough to come to this earth so that we would know without a doubt what he wants for us. He wants us to live full and happy lives. Jesus made it very clear that we are to love God and love one another. It is in the loving of each other (as Jesus modeled in his walk on this earth) that we can find true contentment. Once I fully understood the depth of what Jesus was communicating, and thought about how important it was to God that we know these things (so important that his only son was sacrificed for us), it became much easier to live my life the way Jesus modeled when he was here in the flesh. I am His instrument here on this earth. Loving and caring for each other grows our relationship with God. A simple, but powerful revelation to me recently.

  11. cecelia August 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Jesus set me free!! All my life I knew I was different. I was surrounded by alcoholics and drug abusers and sellers. I yearned to somehow connect or fit in, yet somehow I never fell into that. I found out why, the Lord had better plans for me. I used to be soooo shy. I would rather not be seen or herd. I didn’t think I was worthy enough to even be noticed. Now I know my creator created me with a purpose and a plan. I can even look in the mirror now and see a pretty woman there, but not because of who I am but because of who He is in me.

  12. DawnMarie August 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Oh Sharon, how do you know me and my aching heart? I awoke this morning confused and empty and crying from within, “I need You, Lord.” Its been a life-long desire of my heart to find my way back to Him and to be able to love Him with a clean and pure and undivided heart after a childhood of abuse. Jesus lovingly pursues me and faithfully tears down the walls of brokenness that separate us…but my heart still aches to know He loves and values me as His daughter. Oh Lord, take my hand and hold me tight so one day I will know how You truly feel about me.

    • Sharon August 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      I know your aching heart because we gals are really the same. Same ache. Different ways of getting there, but same ache. And…the same God who wants to love us to health.

  13. Missy August 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I have been through alot in my life. I was given up by my real mother, raised by my grandparents, simple because she wasn’t ready, though I have a brother that isn’t much younger. Because of that I went through a very dark period my teen years, I felt as though I was unwanted. My grandparents loves me very much and I went to church throughout my childhood, but I didn’t get it. I found out I was pregnant with my daughter at 16, by someone that was no good for me. I had been doing drugs and drinking, I stopped when I found I was pregnant. After she was born I went to church occasionally again, still not fully grasping the love of God. I married the father of my child, as I was pregnant with another. We had a very turmultous relationship. I divorced him in 2006. I began to pray and go to church more. I felt more accepted than I ever had. I recieved a lot of encouragement from my church family. They were always there to help me, guide me and talk. They were even there financially. I gave my time to them as well. I accepted Christ as my Savior in 2009. I felt as though I was finally home. After all I had been through I finally understood that God had been there with me through it all. He had cried with me, he had pursued me, he had even cried FOR me. I was baptized in 2011, it was a very emotional day and I feel as though God has bee, walking with me every step of my journey. My now 11 year old daughter was baptized this past Spring and she knows that God is always there guiding her, holding her hand through life.

  14. Terri Thurmond August 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Just the reminder that God sent his One & only Son to be the sacrificial lamb for me, is so overwhelming. And, knowing that He loves me more than I love my own 2 children is so awesome & makes me bow down at His presence & know that this world needs more of His Christ-like love shown around through us, His servants. I want to show His love more, & pray daily that He will break my heart for what breaks His….Thank you Sharon, Gwen, & Mary for GIG – it has truly changed my daily walk & I know many, many others. God Bless You!
    Terri

  15. Angela Rouse August 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Knowing that he took human form & endured pain in this life & suffering on the cross is incomprehendable!

  16. Kristen August 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    This is my first time commenting- I am so overwhelmed at the moment. For God to be like the king who denounced his throne for me makes me feel-honestly- guilty and unworthy. I’ve been trying to figure out how to surrender my life to God but somehow it’s not enough, somehow I’m not even able to see what things I still hold on to but I know I haven’t given up enough. I’m sure the effect of the devotional was not to discourage but somehow all I feel I can do is throw my hands up and say I’m sorry I’ve failed you my God.

    • Sharon August 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      OK, let me tell you a story. I hope others read this as well. An acquaintance of mine took her five-year-old shopping for sports equipment. I think it was for soccer. She spent a lot of money. When they got in the car, she reminded her son that she had spent a lot of money. Then she said, “Don’t you have something you’d like to say?”
      He looked up at her and said in a questioning voice…”I’m sorry?”
      She was expecting, “Thank you” not “I’m sorry.”
      So girlfriend…you are worth it. Don’t even think about saying “I’m sorry.” Just “thank you.”

  17. Ruth Wright August 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I was born into a Christian family and as a little girl I knew that God loved me, I knew that Jesus had given His life for me, and I knew that I was loved. I was very confident in that love. But I let life complicate things. I always lived a “Christian life” and from the outside looking in, I looked like a pretty good Christian wife, mom and grandma. I was a Christian woman active in the church – church secretary, teacher, small group leader, involved in nearly every area of the church. But a series of failures on my part and tragedies in the church made me realize that much of my Christian life was very superficial. I did love my Savior, but I was just caught up in activities for the sake of people – pleasing others – not out of love for them but because of a feeling of responsibility and being a “good example”. My marriage fell apart and so I quit teaching as I no longer felt qualified and I backed out of leadership positions – I felt so exposed – now everyone KNEW what a failure I was, what a fake I had been. At this point I started really seeking God and His will. Or perhaps I finally stood still enough to listen. I discovered that even as such a low failure He still loved me. He showed me through His Word, through people in my llife, through authors, through “random” situations in my life that He not only still loved me, but that He was actively involved in my life and even wanted to use me on occasion to serve others. How humbling! It felt as though He was lavishing so much love on me that the love was just spilling out onto everyone around me. I truly cared for and loved the people around me. I still lost much – there are still consequences to the decisions we make. But I know He will be with me each step of the way. I still feel grief from my losses and failures, but I also feel joy for the new beginnings He has brought into my life. And I KNOW where my hope and help comes from.

  18. J Green August 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Just being able to love yourself and share love with others is enough. WHen you realize what Jesus did for you and you understand that “its bigger than you” and your mission is to help others, it makes me feel good.

  19. Melanie McKinley August 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I’ve just recently begun to know the fullness of God’s love. It is sooo amazing. I’m 45 and most of my life was spent searching for someone to love me, never realizing all I had to do was turn around and fall in to the arms of my king. Thank you. M

  20. Linda August 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Such a wonderful parable. I can’t wait to share this with my “princess” daughters. When I returned to work after my oldest daughter was born, I had a sadness & depression I couldn’t shake. I was diagnosed with PPD when my daughter was six months old. I cried out to God, “No one understands how hard it is for me to leave my baby girl everday, I am doing this alone!” God gently responded, “No, I understand. I gave up my SON on the cross.” Suddenly the price Jesus paid was so clear and knowing no matter what our struggles are God is there. That was such a glory moment for me. I continued to struggle for a while but I had then, and always will have, a friend and advocate with our Father. I am thinking now of a praise and worship hymn, I think it goes something like this, “With all creation I sing praise to the King of Kings, you are my everything and I adore you”. He gave up everything to become my everything. Thank you Sharon for sharing you are such a blessing.

  21. Jennifer August 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I am sealed by the Holy Spirit, and I am captured. I am protected, and I am forever changed. I am “hemmed in behind and before.” I am safe. Funny thing is, after 26 years of knowing Christ, I can’t comprehend it all…how knowing Him has changed my life. I just know I’m safe, and I have a peace that I can never comprehend, even through my storms. I am guided, even when I don’t see it or feel it. He is always working for my good. I know that He is with me all the time, and He’s constantly drawing me in. I see myself as always cherished, always loved. Yet, I still don’t comprehend it. It’s too massive for me to understand. I’m desparately seeking to understand even a little of it, as much as I can. And btw, please pick me….I REALLY want your book!! 🙂

  22. Deborah August 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I remember the first time really accepting Christ into my life. I was 18, first year at a Christian College. I had grown up in a Christian home, very involved with church, loved the Lord, but it took me to go away and accept Him on my own…not through my parents. I got up from that alter, looked at my future husband and said I am so excited I want to tell everyone. To my surprise, laughter and all….he stopped everyone we met on the street and said, “She has something to tell you.” I would laugh and shyly share. That will be 42 years ago on September 18th and we are still married today. I wanted Christ in my life for ME. Christ has been with us through being told we could not have children…to blessing us with two. He gave us the strenghth to move 1,000 miles away from family because of His calling….to moving almost everyone in our family to where we live now. He has been through many health issues with us, given me such a calmness in the eyes of the storm and blessed us for standing firm. Today, i am preparing to go into to surgery again. It has been a rough 4 years, but OUR GOD IS AN AMAZING GOD and He has been there through my curled up times in a ball on the floor crying out to Him………He wrapped His arms around me and gave me a calmness. i prayed for it again this morning. Your question, “How has it changed you…” I can’t imagine how I would have gone through the trials and received the blessings if He was not here for me. He listens when I pour out my weaknesses, scream that I don’t know what else to do and then just say, It’s in Your hands Lord. I have done everything that you have told me to do, now it is up to you. I can’t imagine being without Him….I pray everyday Lord keep my heart soft and focused on You. It humbles me to know that when He was on that cross, I was on His mind….even then……Wow!!!!

  23. Lindsay August 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Knowing that God loves me and that he gave up all the glory of heaven- even gave up his life- for me makes all the difference in the world. I have been raised in a christian home and knew it all from the beginning but i didn’t fully understand or fully grasp the extent of his love until recently. It has made me realize that I want God to shine through me that way others can see his unconditional love. It has also changed how i think about myself. I am a very shy person and am always doubting whether God SHOULD love me, but now I know he DOES love me. This has boosted my self esteem and made me confident in who God created me to be and made me realize that I don’t have to get my approval from mentors or peers or anyone for that matter (of course that would be nice to have), but my only approval needs to come from God and God alone. As long as he approves, I am doing right.

  24. Natasha August 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Everyone has said it all so eloquently and from the deepest aches of their hearts. For so long, I felt *so* alone in that same ache. An ache for someone to pursue me constantly, to desire me and to delight in me, approve of me. To fill that need so I won’t ache for it or be controlled by it anymore. My heart and my prayers are for all the women here posting today and reading but not posting, that they will understand how to practically let Jesus in to become “that man”, “the One”; and that we will all accept and love ourselves the way He does.
    The most surprising way Jesus’ passion has changed my life is in inspiring me to humble myself for others too. I still ache for that need to be noticed and approved by “man” too, but as I receive His love bit by bit, a little more of me gets put aside to raise up others instead. And that also changes how I see myself. The more I accept/receive His love, the more I am able to give up the world’s view of me. And the more I do that, the more I can freely love others and lift them up, understand their pain and imperfections, and not associate them with my identity, but really just make it about loving them freely.
    (I hope that makes sense.)

  25. Roberta Prostor August 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    “Enough” describes what Christ did for me. That was the word I heard one day outside by my beautiful backyard in Cave Creek, Arizona. My world was falling apart.
    God had given me so much in life: A wonderful husband, six children, a very creative business which thrived for 25 years. Little did I know “my world” would be changed by that word.
    I sat there looking up at the majestic saguaro cactus’s that dotted “my land”, the money pit of “my pool” we sacrificed for, the home of “my dreams” , the business “I created” and I heard a whisper “ENOUGH”. I had then realized I always wanted more, more, more.
    When was it going to be enough Bert? That day I heard from my savior who reached down to me and said if I give you nothing more – I HAVE given you enough! If I never had another pool, another home, another family, another business, He promised that He would be enough for me.
    It was that day that I began to feel His whisper, his nudging, his spirit guide me into all truths I began searching his word starting in the old testament to find out who He was – who His character was. That’s when I realized how much He really loved me.
    That day I felt free for the first time in my life. Free from being the perfect wife, mother and business woman. Free from striving for more, more, more. Free because of that one word.
    I wouldn’t change these last 4 years of hardship for anything! I gave up nothing – he gave up everything. He is my “Enough”.

  26. Leah Lockwood August 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I have been a Christian since the age of 23, I am now 53 and it has just been the last 5 years that I have truly come to know our Father and how it is His desire to know me, to pursue me and to have that intimate personal relationship with me. I have become love struck. I finally get it!!! On January 13, 2012 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and found myself knocked down but..landed at the feet of Jesus. He in His amazing Grace and Mercy picked me up, wrapped me in His arms and has carried through this very difficult journey. He is my refuge, my strength, my comfort.

  27. Mary-Ann Winslow August 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I’m longing for a personal encounter with God not just a visit….. a union and I’m afraid it is not possible or will never happen I have this ache inside that I cannot fill and try to drown with stuff. Most of the time I am to full of guilt for being a disappointment to Him and so I withdraw instead of seeking Him. I desprately want to be in love and changed!

  28. Nancy August 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    So many others have said it more eloquently, I find the idea of Jesus’ sacrifice for me humbling and elating all at once. That He sees me as valuable, adequate, holy, is beyond comprehension. It is almost as satisfying that these feelings, long denied, are felt by so many others and the “longing” is part of the human condition and not a personal failure as I have believed until this moment! It is as deep to me as the mystery of faith itself. How then shall we live? I think the truth of what God has done for us should make that a rhetorical question.

  29. Nikki August 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I have that glory ache every day to know Him better, and to grow and have a closer, intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior. I’ve also struggled with past relationships and rejection, until I came to know Christ, and now… I feel like my whole life has changed, I know I am loved by Him, His grace is more than enough to sustain me, and that He will never leave me (and has never left me), He has always been there waiting patiently for me to come to (know) Him, I feel valued, worthy and loved! I am a child of God and He is my Great and Heavenly Father!

  30. Lechelle August 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    I have always sought after unconditional love & acceptance because that is something that I never received growing up. Notice I said UNCONDITIONAL love because I was told that I was loved but that loved was mostly based on doing something for the other person. Love was never freely given to me just because. I grew up as a child of a mom who was (still is) a pastor. My dad died when I was 13. My mom had a dysfunctional childhood and raised us according to that dysfunction which was as long as my sister and I did what she told us to do (exactly) and we never had a different opinion as her, she would love us by taking care of us properly. If we ever wavered from that lifestyle than she would stop talking to us AFTER she berated & belittled us and manipulated us into doing exactly what she wanted us to do for her. Only when I went off to college & started to have a relationship with Jesus & my current husband did I start to think that the life that I had lived the first 18 years wasn’t normal. Then once I got married to my husband 16 years ago, I truly began to see the manipulative state that my mom had raised me in because I was being manipulative in my marriage. But after years of fights & constant threats of divorce, God spoke to me one day saying you are turning into the one person that has manipulated you all your life….your mother. You have to change cause if you don’t you are going to destroy the relationships with everyone you say you love including me. Well, that was a life changing moment for me & I began to read everything I could get my hands about unconditional love, attitude, even narcissism. I even began seeing a Christian therapist so I could get perspective from someone who wouldn’t be biased. And while pursuing the truth, I realized just how God truly loved me & it made me what to pursue him even more because he literally saved my life. He saved me from passing that life onto my beautiful daughter & causing her the same pain that had been passed onto me. I am a totally different person today HOWEVER I am not perfect nor anywhere near it!! I still fall down. I still have my moments. And quite frankly I am still looking to become MORE intimate with Jesus. I just don’t want to read the testimony of other women that say that they have felt Jesus wrap His loving arms around them during the times when I feel like giving up. I haven’t Him like that OR maybe I have but missed it because I was expecting to feel something else. I just turned 40 this year & I am at a place in my life where I WANT to know Jesus more intimately than I ever have. I just don’t know how but I know He knows my heart & I believe He will show me. And I am willing to wait no matter how long it takes because I love Him so much & I will love Him forever more!

  31. Rebeca August 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I know that our God loves mankind with an unfathomable love like you describe. I am humbled that He would give up his ‘royal robes’ as it were, to save us. However, I can’t wrap my brain around the thought that He did that specifically for me. It has never made sense to me that He would have done the same if it had only been me to be saved. (this is what I have been taught) I wonder is there any scriptural basis for this teaching? I look around and see other women with this amazing ability to sense the Lord’s love for them as individuals and I feel left out. I know that He loves me in a generic ‘love for mankind’ way, but that individual and personal love seems to elude me. I am somewhat resigned to this as I am a very analytical and rational personality. Perhaps He just made me to question….

  32. Lisa August 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I am in AWE of how much He loves me! I have never heard this explained this way and WOW does it put things in perspective. I appreciate all God has done for me and pray that I live worthy of His merciful and gracious gifts. Knowing what Jesus gave up for me is incomprehensible. I still struggle to really grasp how much He gave up for me but I so appreciate ALL He has and will continue to do for me. <3

  33. Ale Paredes August 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    So many times I feel unworthy of God´s LOVE. I feel like I dissappoint Him by constantly asking forgivness for same sins… and just when my mind think is fair enought to stay away rather than keep trying I DO FEEL, SEE AND LISTEN this sudden glory moments!! That conquer my heart again. I feel the this mercuful and graceful LOVE that is infinite! I hear teh whisper of my beloved heavenly father saying to me: child, neither do I condemn you! He´s always pursuing me and I can just be INlOVE in return.

  34. Toni Wortherly August 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    How has knowing all that Jesus gave up for you changed your life? Because I cannot imagine the depth of His sacrifice, I live in constant awe that God loved me enough to send Jesus to take on my guilt and my dirt. In turn, though I know I wil not be perfect on this side of Heaven, I am doing my best to live a life that is pleasing to Him. I am listening to Him. I am trusting in Him. I am clinging to Him.

    How does knowing all that Jesus gave up for you, change the way you see yourself? Whenever, I begin to doubt that I am lovable, I recall Jesus’ sacrifice. It helps me to see that He finds me to be valuable. I cannot possibly be unworthy of love and worthy of the greatest kind of love at the same time. I choose to believe in who I am when Jesus sees me.

    Toni
    http://elevatedvalues.weebly.com/ms-evs-blog.html

  35. lola August 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    I can not love Him enough, for all that He has given, lovingly, to me. My life of which I am so graetful, the life He loved me enough to give His all that I might have it. May I do any less for Him, give Him my all. No is my answer, and yes, to whatever He asks, because I know He loves me so very, very much. Praise His wonderful, precious, name.

  36. Mandi August 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    How has knowing all that Jesus gave up for you changed your life?
    It gives me hope that there is a greater purpose on earth. I know that heaven must be a true and amazing place if a great man would be willing to die such an extravagant death to buy tickets for all sinners to go there. It also makes me strive to sin less in my life. I know that I can get to heaven no matter what I do on earth, but the fact that someone DIED for my spot makes me want to be worthy of that spot. If he could do what he did for all the sinners of the world, surely I can try my best to live a life worthy of a spot in heaven.
    How does knowing all that Jesus gave up for you, change the way you see yourself?
    I do still see myself as a sinner. I KNOW Jesus died for me so that I could be perfect for entrance into heaven, but I also KNOW that I am nowhere near perfect, especially compared to a man who would make such a sacrifice for others. I want to strive to live like Jesus and be as generous, altruistic and loving as he is. Compared to Jesus, I will never be these tings, but that gives me so much more to strive for in my life.

  37. Pamela Beck August 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    When I think of what Jesus did for me on the cross I feel so unworthy, but this summer he has taught me so much about trust and faith. For a long time I didn’t really understand what it meant to walk by faith all God wanted me to do was just trust Him and let Him take care of things but I wouldn’t listen this past spring that’s waht He was trying to teach me but hard-headed me had to learn the hard way. The motor in my cay recently blew up and with the help of God and my brother-in-law a new motor is setting in my car ready to be put together I admit when my car broke down I panicked but the Lord never gives up on u we may give up but thank goodness He doesn’t He showed me that if I will just listen to Him and yes TRUST HIM things would work out and they did and don’t let anyone tell you that prayer doesn’t work cause it most definitely does whenever something would go wrong I would turn away from Him but now I am learning to trust Him I seek His face everyday I wish I could see His face Our God is an AWESOME GOD! and if there is anyone who does believe that God loves you read the Gospel of John you will learn what it is to be loved by God I ache to know Him more and more!!!!

  38. Sharon Roque August 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    I grew up in foster homes and really did not understand what love was . . . there had always been a large void in my life, but didn’t know what it was. Then I discovered Jesus and what he had done for me . . . just because He loved me so much. It’s been years and I’ve seen His hand in so many things. I have learned to trust Him – He knows where I’ve been and where He wants me to go. I’m beginning to be able to hear His voice so I can follow His leading. I praise Him for revealing Himself to me in a way I could understand.

  39. Sue Ann August 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    The Love of Jesus is too deep to comprehend with my human understanding. But the FAITH comes when I accepted Jesus changed all that. Jesus allowed me to step back in FAITH that he will take care of my finances and my troubles. It is very difficult because my human heart says it’s impossible. But Jesus took care of things in His own ways and His own time. I need to stand back and witness His miracles or I miss those miracles. The trust and the submission is so difficult to do because our human understanding will ask HOW? But if you love Jesus enough, you will let him do it. Like the maiden in the story, if she loved the beggar king, even if she has to live in poverty for the rest of her life, she will do it because her love is greater than anything in life. The same thing with loving Jesus. You will follow, obey, and trust Him because you love Him is greater than anything in life.

  40. Mary Jo Taylor August 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Knowing that God did humble himself and become obediant unto death even death on the cross even now brings tears to my eyes and makes me feel so unworthy. Our choir sings those words in a beautiful song.I can live everyday not understanding His great sacrifice–not understanding it–but knowing it was made for me from a love that has no boundaries. Praise His holy name!

  41. Ruth Uys August 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    I still give myself a hard time and struggle to accept my self. But it doesn’t matter what I think. God loves me! He accepts me and loves me as I am! It’s exciting and excilirating to think that he will always love me and chase after me. Jesus dying on the cross has changed my life beyond all measure, he has saved my life! I do no think I would of survived, with out him. Walking a tough road, where I was bullied, could of easily got in with the wrong crowd as a teenager just to be accepted. The wrong crowd which I believe would of lead to drink, drugs etc. But it didn’t because I found God instead, and discovered what he did for me on the cross. Now I am happily married With two beautifull children. Wow!

  42. Jen K. August 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Today’s GiG absolutely floored me. I mean totally, completely, heart swelling, wanting to drop to my knees (in the office so postponed until later), but crazy grin on my face swooning. In part this overwhelming response of awe to our Lord is because I have been studying in this very chapter in my morning devotions, just a couple versus before thinking I’m not good enough, I’m not doing enough, and falling into all the ‘shoulds’. Your devotional today sparked a God moment in my life where He enabled me to finally understand that I’m already good enough as I am and its all because of Him. Thank You Jesus!! And thank you Sharon for putting together such an amazing devotional that God used to spark this intense, wonderful moment. 🙂

    • Sharon August 24, 2012 at 1:10 am #

      Amen sister! I’m doing the happy dance with you! Isn’t God sooooooooo good to give us a message in several different forms or ways all at the same time until we can finally get it!

  43. jessica mc August 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    By knowing what God has done for me, I am able to hold higher regards for him. I want to make our relationship better. I want to confess my sins. I want to praise him.

  44. mary August 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Now that I know what He did for me I am sometimes overwhelmed by what I feel for Him My GOD, MY LORD & SAVIOR, MY KING, MY BEST FRIEND & TEACHER. I love Him so very much! I was a drug addict for over 20 yrs and then I met JESUS CHRIST. Thankful always for His GRACE & MERCY which rains upon my life on a daily basis. When I started to learn about Him and what He did for me, it was like I was starving! I can’t get enough of Him, then to know all He suffered for me well it still makes me cry. I can close my eyes and see Him on the cross. I’ve become a warrior for Christ and His kingdom. I ask MY SAVIOR to fill me n use me, to reach out hug, speak, teach, feed, help, and preach to any and all of the souls that need Him. I have come to love people the way He does, I pray for my enemy, I am always thinking and forever grateful to my LORD & SAVIOR, I believe with all my heart and soul that I am priceless. Knowing that the creator of this universe and all that exist loved me enough to give up all that He is to become a person like me makes me love Him all the more. I thank my ABBA FATHER each day I couldn’t imagine what He felt giving up His only son and I have 4 kids, for the likes of us who are so ungrateful, unworthy, and such a materialistic people. Who most of the time will sit and hang out with you if we have something physical that they want and when you want to feed them spiritually they have no time. I have 3 1/2 yrs now with Christ as my Lord and I have learned alot thanks to HOLY SPIRIT. I figure if He chose me John 15:16 then it must be for a reason. So I consider myself very blessed and I offer my life on a daily basis as a living sacrifice so He alone can be GLORIFIED. I considered myself unworthy of Him for I did alot of ugly things in my life but He thought differently. To me it is a privilege and honor to used as an instrument for His Glory after all look at the price He paid for me!!

  45. Mary Afeman August 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    It has given me the sense that my life has VALUE – despite abuse and despite rejection from other people – and it reminds me that my true worth is understood in terms beyond this world and our feeble comprehension. When I turn my face to God and stop looking for others to approve me, I receive joy and confidence in who He made me to be, rather than pain and doubt in man’s definition of who I am. The confidence and self-assuredness I may have found from a healthy father figure and stable childhood, for me, now comes from God’s opinion of me and my role in His eternal plan. It took a very long time for me to accept that, but I am glad that He is the source of my confidence and very identity because it will never change… and I truly don’t have to feel insecure ever again.

  46. Nancy Cremer August 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    How has knowing all that Jesus gave up for you changed your life?
    It has changed my life in that I now know I was not a” mistake of lust”, since my biological mother assured me she tried 3-times to abort the fetus that was me; by the grace of GOD, I was born anyway, with only a minor birth defect, a Godly paternal grandmother, and a heart that searched for HIM as far back as I can remember; HE found me in a Sunday School class as a young child.

    How does knowing all that Jesus gave up for you, change the way you see yourself?
    It makes me feel worthwhile, pursued, young and beautiful again, even though I am old, with a burning desire to return His love.

  47. Patti Miner August 24, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    NO WORDS can adequately express my feelings for God, his mercy & graciousness when I have been so unworthy….. God, his love, has HALTED my demise. He blessed me with his holy spirit, now I try to live according to his word, his commandments. I still rely on him to live my life pleasing to him because I couldn’t do it on my own. He has turned my life RIGHTSIDE UP !

    Patti Miner

  48. Sheridan Frazier August 24, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    Im what my mom calls a “baby Christian”. I grew up in the church til I was about 12 or 13. My parents didnt quit going to church because we lived outside of town in a private gated community and the drive was to long and church started to early was the excuse I got. We didn’t go to the community church because thy didn’t like it. I’ve always believed in God and wanted to do what is right. But as I got older and tried to find my way in life, struggling with fitting in in school, and wanting to be cool even though I swore id never be that person I fell away from God. So started letting society’s standards dictate my moral levels instead of what God wanted from me. I tried to get back into church when i was out on my own but was usually bored or just didn’t want to wake up early. I’ve had a glory ache for quite some time now and would just kept feeling like its never going to happen so I’d quit searching. I also had and still have a lot of questions that everyone answered me with “you’ve just got to have faith”. I’m a black and white person who likes definitive answers. No one can seem to give them to me and I always feel like I’m doubting God and I hate that feeling. It wasnt til my daughter was born 6 months ago that hit me that God is real and I’m my heart amid life. What other way is there to describe where she came from. This tiny angel. I’ve really been seeking and searching God. I still have so many questions mainly about why bad things happen and I know we just have to trust that He is doing the right thing. I also got on an end of the world kick when he was born. Seems like everyone thinks its going to happen in our lifetime and I’m scared for her and having to suffer. I just pray she’s a grown adult if it happens. I’m not scared about Jesus coming back but rather the horrible things the devil will do before Jesus comes back. God has given me a calm about it even though I still occasionally get nauseated about it. But its so true that if you seek you will find!!!!! Even though I have not had a huge glory moment I’ve had little ones now that my eyes are open better. And that’s good enough for me. Now I just pray I can raise my daughter and any other kids I have I can raise them as good Christians that don’t fall away from God like I did. I pray they will always know God and continue to seek him and live their life for Him. I’m still trying I figure out how to do that at 29 years old.

  49. April Johnson August 24, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Up until a few weeks ago I probably would not have known how to answer this question. I really never gave that question too much thought. I just lived my life day to day while attending church on a regular basis. I have served as Head Greeter at my church for about a year now, and I’m just now realizing how important my service is to the people that come through the gates of the LORD’S house. My attitude and smile can ultimately set the tone for someone’s day.
    I consider myself a follower of Jesus, and I recently had to come up against the enemy on a level foreign to me. This is my story…..My brother and my cousin did not like the spiritual and encouraging things that I always post on my Facebook page. I also had posted some things recently on Homosexuality in which I do not believe in. The Bible does tell us that Homosexuality is a sin. Just to make things more clear, I have two children that are experiencing the fight with their flesh on this matter. I love them no less for their decisions, but will continue to teach them how God expects us to live. So, my brother and my cousin decided to call me every horriible name thinkable and ultimately spoke blasphemy about God. Their words hurt me deeply, but I stood my ground on my beliefs in God and all that He has done for us. The outcome of all of this was that I had to seperate myself from the enemy and disown my family. I realized that I loved God more than I loved them and their negativity. I realized that this battle was not mine to fight and to let God take over the situation. I cannot allow the enemy to try to infiltrate my mind and try to distract me from what I know is right and true. Not every one liked and accepted Jesus during His journey! I will continue to pray for my family inspite of their current beliefs. Through this experience, I realized that I was much stronger and more mature in my faith and beliefs in Christ than I imagined. Jesus died a horrible death for us and I must ask myself if I would die the same horrible death for Him that He endured for me. That answer is YES! My life has definately changed since learning of the difficult journey Jesus took to save my soul, and for that I say THANK YOU!
    I see myself as a follower and servant of God. I see myself as worthy of His unfailing love. I see myself as His child. A child that He cared so much for that he suffered a painstaking death so that I may be a candidate for Heaven. I see myself sitting at God’s side in Heaven for all eternity.

  50. Ana Cornell August 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    That would take a book so God help me summarize it short asIi can, lol =) On a serious note, I can’t remember the day it happened but I do know it was 1991. Just before hurricane Abdrew in Miami Florida and during my pregnancy w/my daughter Jazmin. I had my first son Justin, who was 2 yrs old. I was a single mom at the time & Justin & attended a Pentacostal church rogether. It was actually through my lil toddlers life that Jesus spoke to me. I was staring in amazment @ the amazing gift of a son/life given to me & as I adored all about him, God put this question in my heart: “So, you think he’s so special,?’ How about you He asked in my heart?” He reminded me that jusy as I adored my firstborn son/baby, so much more He adores me/us! That was the begginning of chabge how He made me see myself as valuable & special, He made me understand more eachday up to now, how as the old saying goes “God Don’t Make Junk!!!” Infact then when I learned what He did for me, I was amazed that He would give His life for me so I can have eternal life w/Him. I saw & see that’s His ultimate persuiy for me/us all. That blew me away, that he’s not taking long because He doesn’y care, but rather because His love is so deep for us & so longsuffering! 2nd Peter 3 <3 & John 3:16 are clear evidence if His love that has changed me, changed how I see myself & change how I see & love & forgive others just as He has loved me so much & forgiven me so much! Luke 7:47 is one of my favorite scriptures & showed me that even before I knew Him; He koved me & kept me safe. Noone has ever changed my life nor the way I see myself norr even how much I now appreciate every breath He gives me to glorify Him! I wanrt more of Him everyday & thats w/out exagguration! Not just cause I need Him,. but now that I got to taste His love, I want more of Him & less of me!. Thers noone like Him noonre compares! In His love, Ana Maria Cornell John 15:9,12 <3

  51. Denise Richard August 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    All my life I have had this empty feeling inside, being on my own since I was 14 years old ,abandoned by my entire biological family and never being able to attain the acceptance or love of my biological father, I have fought and walked away my entire life, been on medications, tried to commit suicide, therapy and yet nothing ended that emptiness. I have been through countless severe abusive both physically and mentally relationships just to find love. Finally this year I am now 44 years old and I had hit rock bottom and just couldnt live with my own life anymore or run it. I found myself outside in my back yard looking up at the sky and said: God I cant do this anymore,you know me and you know how difficult I can be but if you will have me I will give my life to you, In Jesus name Amen. I started studying the Bible, somethig that I had not done since I was very young around 12 years old. I was given peace and a major amount of my stress just disappeared and that in itself was a miracle. I cry when I read the bible, watch a movie about Jesus, listen to Christian music but I do not cry because I am sad but instead because I am so completely grateful. I realized that all these years I was never abandoned and I was never alone and I was definitely loved for who I was, just me regardless of my faults or my past and all I had to do was ask for forgiveness and let Jesus take my hand and come into my life. I have changed so much since that day, I glow everyone around me tells me this when they see me now and better changes are happening for my life, my household and my inner peace within. I honestly belive I was given the greatest gift that nothing or no one other then Jesus could ever give me, no monetary possesion will ever compare to the gift of love and acceptance I now experience in my life. This is the best I can explain what has happened to me and my life but honestly these words do not do the feelings or my new found spirit within justice. All I know is this , for my entire life until now I have always asked people: what does it mean to be happy? because I never felt happiness until the day I myself gave up trying to run my own life and handed it over to Jesus. I have to say that it was the best decision I have ever made!

  52. Esther August 25, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    I can relate to stories of abandonment, rejection, abuse and self complexes. But above all that I started listening to a Word of unconditional Love, mercy, peace beyond all understanding and indescribable joy. Those words healed my heart. Made me a new creature and sealed my wounds so beautifully that others see a butterfly fluttering its colorful wings showing the king’s love for her. The Great artist saw my broken vase, put the pieces together and made me again. I live His resurrection in myself. He is the love of my life. Praise the Lord now and forever!

  53. Joyce Brenan August 25, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Knowing what Jeus has given up for me has freed me, humbled me and changed me into someone knew. I don’t think we can ever fully grasp the sacrifice made, but thinking of my own children and what it would do to me to have to give one of them up to the shame and pain that Jesus went through for us helps me to understand. It makes me daily strive to have a closer relationship with my heavenly Father.

    Jesus’ sacrifice helps me to know that I could never earn his love, yet He thinks I am worthy. That makes me want to know Him better and love Him more.

    I can’t wait to read your book. the few posts you have put on GIG have been enticing.
    I use the GIG site almost daily for my quiet time with God and it has bee very nourishing for me. I also tell other women about it whenever I have opportunity. Thank you so much. God Bless you and your ministry.

  54. BlkBtrfly August 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Its an overwhelming feeling to know that GOD is persistent in HIS pursuit of my HEART. Every woman desire is of a MAN to pursue her…it gives us that “giddiness” and “fluttering of the heart”.

    Now that I am truly realizing that GOD stands at the door of my heart knocking and asking to come in….Im EXCITED!!!! I have that “fluttering in my heart”-knowing that HE is pursuing ME. Accepting me as I am and is ready and willing to change me for the better. What more can a woman ask for…oh what a feeling!!!! I can’t even put into words!!!!(Im getting emotional typing this)….THANK YOU LORD for not giving up on me…even when you said for me to turn LEFT and I turned RIGHT!!!!! Im just sooo thankful and craving more and more of the intimacy with GOD…..

  55. Mikaela August 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Jesus just keeps on amazing me everyday… not only did he lay down everything for me when he became human to die for me so that he could have a personal, intimate relationship with ME(!?), he has kept on showing up in my life, even when I’ve been running from him with all my strength. I’m not born in a christian family, didn’t know any christians, had never been in a church or seen a Bible, and still he came to my rescue when I, at age 12, tried to commit suicide for the first time. I had been abused as a child and was terribly bullied at school to the point where I hated myself and my life so much that I just couldn’t see a brighter morning. He stopped me, I heard his voice and he embraced me with his arms of never ending love and I just knew I was home. At the age of 16 I started to go regularly to a Pentecostal church in my city, but since I still hated myself deeply and never could reach up to my own standards of “perfection” I soon ended up in such a dark place that I couldn’t hear the voice of God anymore, and thinking he’d left me because of the disgusting and awful person I was, I started to cut myself. I turned my back on God and for 6 years I was in total darkness, cutting myself as a punishment for all the awful things I did, starving myself ‘til I weighted 81 lbs and was hospitalized for the first time (first of MANY), continued to starve when I got out and binged/purged at a minimum of 50 times a day, trying to make my own heart stop so I wouldn’t have to kill myself. Not that I didn’t try, but everytime I did Jesus came to me and stopped me with a vision of how my parent would find me and my heart would break and I couldn’t go through with it. I hated him for it and told him to leave me alone, but he didn’t stop chasing after me. I can’t stress enough how much of a miracle it is that I’m still alive, it’s hard to describe in the shortest way possible the hell I was putting myself through, the ONLY thing I was living for was to die. And the miraculous thing is that my heart hasn’t been damage at all, nor has any other organ! God is sooo good!!! All of 2010 I was hospitalized against my will, and since I didn’t want to get well I didn’t, but after hearing my Father calling me without end for months, in October I finally turned to him with just a weak whisper: “I want to…I just don’t know how…” and he was right there. “I’ll do it, don’t worry, you’re safe now.” The last 2 years has truly been a walk through fire and crushing oceans and I often thought I wasn’t gonna make it. I had to be delivered from so many things and to let God love me was so painful, cause I felt to vile and disgusting for him to come close to me. I tried to make myself “acceptable”, forgetting the answered he had given me when I ask him what I should do.
    “Nothing!”
    I felt like I was drowning and he told me to do nothing? But that was exactly what I had to do, let his love heal my wounds and stop trying to deserve what Jesus had already bought for me with his own blood. I didn’t have to bleed, cause he did. During the 2 years he showed me what the cross really meant and he showed me how he’d been by my side all these years. He didn’t leave me for a single moment. Slowly I started to see. I started to see God’s love for me and understand that Jesus sacrifice also included me (the devil had told me it didn’t and I believed his lies). I had been under the influence of many, many, many evil spirits whom controlled my life, and just a couple of weeks ago, I finally understood what the grace was all about. “I don’t have to do a thing, it’s already been done! I AM free!!”, and the darkness lost its hold of me and I took the hand of my Saviour and he brought me into his freedom and light and since then I have loved myself, for I see the young woman God created and loves, with weaknesses and scars. Knowing about what Jesus did for me, and finally believing it was for me by love, has filled me with such gratitude and love for him that I just can’t keep quiet, I want everyone to know that Jesus can do the impossible things and that they are soooo loved they wouldn’t believe it! My wounds are healed and, for the first time ever, I love the life God has given me and I can’t wait to walk the rest of it in his love, hand in hand with Jesus. I’m not afraid of anything anymore, cause I know that, no matter what, my God will never stop loving or chasing after me 🙂

  56. Abbi McKee September 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I need any of your books. I love reading your devotionals.I don’t feel quite so alone or so much a failure.

    My biggest challenge right now is living with my adult daughter and my 18 month grandson. Laura is 24 and so dfiant and angry she is verbally abusive. My choices during her childhood have left he rbitter. My second husband was very abusive.

    I don’t do well with men. I am dating a great guy but still can’t get over the “bad boy” who never gave me anything of himself.

    My hurried rushed life leaves me void of God and emotionally and physically drained. I miss the Lord I want to be faithful to him and honestly don’t want to date any man.

    Sean is wonderful but not spiritually grounded, nad yet he does go to church with me, not sure what he gets from it.

    There is a pressure for physical intimacy and I can’t seem to make him understand why I don’t want it why it isn’t right, why I don’t want to live with him.

    UGH exhausted writing this.

    So, like Amanda, I need time for God and I have know idea what romance is. I used associate it with sex…now I just don’t know.

    Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and comfort.

    Abbi~

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