A few weeks ago I was in Atlanta for a wonderful night of ministry. A small group of us began a conversation about our father in heaven and his desire for us to know who we are as his children and to know his heart. A young lady joined the group and began to share about challenges she had in living out the kingdom in her every day life. She was asking questions about all of the times she had not reached out to someone when she felt she should. She was indicating to us that God wouldn’t use her because she had disappointed Him. As she was speaking I was suddenly overwhelmed with the father’s heart for her. She was a beautiful young lady on the outside but in that moment I saw her as a beautiful daughter. As though she were my very own daughter who I had a great love for. I suddenly felt like she was beautiful just because she is my daughter. And in that moment I realized exactly how the Father felt about her…I walked over next to her, put my arm around her and gave her a hug, and said
“You can’t get it wrong. The father just gave me his heart for you and I can see how beautiful you are to Him! He wants to hug you and tell you that He loves you just like you are. In His eyes you’re not able to make a mistake so don’t worry about the missed opportunities or the things you think you did wrong in trying to serve Him. He loves you because you’re His daughter. He only wants the best for you and that includes experiencing His joy of impacting others life with His love. Not because that earns His favor but because you experience His joy, His goodness.
She started to cry. And then an interesting thing happened. In the unity that we have in the body of Christ and while I was connected to the father’s heart I immediately felt the heart of the man standing to my left and simultaneously the heart of the woman on my right that I had just spoken.
His heart was saying, “Man I wish I could feel the father’s heart like that.” ( he later confirmed this was exactly what he was thinking while this was happening and it gave me a chance to encourage and affirm him in the father’s love as well)
Her heart was suddenly so overwhelmed with the love of the father that she didn’t want to leave my presence. She had only just met me and there was absolutely no physical attraction. She just wanted to be around me because suddenly she felt the father through me. I could feel her heart saying, I wish he would just hold me like that and never let go.
As I have reflected on this, I was so amazed at how the father could reveal his heart to one individual and through the unity of our faith let all of our hearts connect. One person being encouraged to something greater, another person manifesting the heart and love of the father through them, while a third person receives the affirmation and love of her father as his beautiful daughter.
God is so good to share his love and share his heart with us. I want to encourage you today to not get caught up in trying to heal people, prophesy over people, witness to people, take care of the hungry or do activities that you feel you NEED to do to “minister.” Instead, ask the Lord to reveal his heart in you so that you can allow his heart in you to reach out and touch the hearts of those around you with his love. Experiencing his heart in me has been one of the greatest miracles I have ever experienced.