Like you really do. We all do. I’m not trying to insult you, I’m simply pointing out a fact. You as a human, aren’t good at life. You probably aren’t good at much you do on a daily basis. You probably mess up a good bit. You probably have a few ‘foot in mouth’ moments every so often. You probably hurt friends feelings on accident. You are in essence, ugly. Not physically, humanly.
A huge saying that you hear all throughout the south, is: “God don’t like ugly”. You hear it all the time. It may be someone joking with their friends, or it may be the pastor trying to get a point across. But we use that basically as a filler, to justify when we think someone is doing something bad. But after the thousands of times I’ve heard that saying, I heard someone say it today, and my immediate thought was: “Yes he does!”
I admit that I am a terrible person. I know that I don’t measure up to God’s standard. I know that on my own, I can never be a just person. I admit that I am in essence an ugly person. However, God, in all of his power and love, still likes me. That thought is incredible! The almighty God sees us in all of our imperfections, and looks past it all, just to see us for who he created us to be.
Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
Romans 5:6-8 MSG
“While we were of no use whatever to him.” While we are ugly, rotten, dirty, disgusting people. Christ still died for me and you. He thinks highly of you and me, even though we are ugly people. But to really understand that concept, we have to understand how he sees us.
I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.
John 15:15 HCSB
He doesn’t see us as mere servants, he calls us friends. Even though we are imperfect, God still calls us friend. He likes you! He cares for you! He thinks you are pretty rad, even when you don’t measure up! But being friends with him, causes us to want to be better, it causes us to measure our sins against a Holy God, and to know what needs changing. Then, we can start to change. But even when we fall, even when we fail, God likes ugly.