The tradition continues with a “Word of the Year” post. But this year, 2018, has a different spin. I could not find a Bible verse to express exactly what the Holy Spirit put in my heart for my word this year. But I don’t think that makes it any less true or applicable. The word “Adore” itself is not found in the original language of Scripture. But who could argue that feelings of passion, devotion, or tenderness are not expressed when the Jews took off their sandals on Holy Ground (Ex 3:5), or worshipped and bowed down to the Lord (Psl 95:5)? What about when the three wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus? (Matt 2:11) Wasn’t that a display of adoration? Of course it was. God is loved, worshipped, revered, and “Adored” throughout the Bible.
But what about us? What about you, and me? God gave me the word “Adore” this year with the chorus of a new song – a new notion – a new understanding. The concept that is woven into parables like the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. God “Adores” us. “We” are His treasure. Yes, John 3:16 tells us that “God so love the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. But as powerful as that verse is, it can only be understood personally when we recognize that “the world” is made up of each of us as individuals. God “Adores” each one of us so much that he did the unfathomable, the unimaginable, the remarkable. He died to give us life.
You know this one “Jesus loves me this I know, ’cause the Bible tells me so”. Can you go as far as to declare that Jesus “Adores” you and sing this new song to the Lord? You can’t hear my melody with the simple words to this chorus, so make up your own. Sing it with me. Declare it is true. And walk like you believe it. “I am cherished. I’m adored. I am treasured. I am Yours. Forever in Your heart – I am loved.”
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