Nothing like it

A few of the precious ladies involved in various Bible studies our church offers young women.

There’s nothing like girls who love Jesus. It’s Bible study, and they’re into it. Girls listen and nod, drinking in Philippians 2. The passage is rich with meaning: Jesus left Heaven—Said a temporary ‘bye to glory and honor—to be humiliated, tortured on earth. “Can you imagine the culture shock?” I ask. They think about it a long time.

“The thing is, He really loves us,” says a cutie who highlights her Bible verses in pink. “Sometimes I can’t get over it.” No one says a word. They let it sink in, this love of Christ. And I know their hearts are full, like mine. It’s almost too much to consider.

There’s nothing like girls who’ll grow to love Him.

Not everyone here knows Jesus. Unusual for a Bible study, perhaps. Some are curious, just stopping by. Others confuse religion with relationship, and a few are slightly rebellious. But they’re here. They’re here with Scripture open, hope within earshot. As I watch them—brows furrowed in concentration, eyes squinted to see the small print—I pray they’ll fall in love. And I pray it’ll happen tonight.

The start of a Jesus journey is precious, and I’m thankful to witness theirs. Weary eyes spring to life. Sighs of relief replace worry. “You mean I can bury a horrible past?” You bet, because of a cross. “You mean my future can be good?” With Jesus, there’s beautiful purpose.

There’s nothing like a Savior who loves His girls.

“Oh, how He loves us!” I say as we close. Then someone asks why. Why so much? Sorry, I can’t explain; He just does. And suddenly I realize that Jesus loves us all the same: Sweet girls who breathe devotion and sweet girls not there yet. He wants them all in His arms, forever and ever. That’s the Jesus I love. And the One who’s worth loving back for a million eternal reasons.

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Though Christ Jesus was God, He did not think equality with God
was something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges;
He took the humble position of bond-servant and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated Christ to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, 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…. (Philippians 2:6-11)

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