When I was very young I was a makeup artist for a major cosmetic brand. It paid the bills but it also introduced me to the world of luxury.
When I was 21 years old I had the great adventure of taking classes in an historic downtown Chicago hotel for the Chanel brand. The experience enveloped me in the sights and smells of luxury and the set the bar for the most posh experience I had ever been exposed to at that young age. I never forgot the experience, both for the products represented and for the way they made me feel.
Luxury has a way of doing that. The memories, the feelings that are elicited linger long after the experience is over.
Since stepping into my new life, no longer working in the church, my part time job has meant a return to the artistry business. It's not so much that I love retail (because I don't), but I do love people and I do appreciate the luxury brand I work for.
I have found that many of the feelings evoked surrounding the purchase and use of luxury brand cosmetics are simply echoes of the residual effects many have found in a relationship with God. Luxury brands want to make people feel truly special, important, worthy and valued. They want to give their customers the ability to look and feel their very best, but no matter how badly they try or how much they spend on celebrity endorsements and lovely gifts, it is no match for what the King of heaven can deliver. I do not blame them for trying. They are simply trying their best to deliver their interpretation of what they think human nature longs for. Human beings long for significance.
There is a high value placed on self worth when you finally comprehend that you belong and you are His very own. When you realize the price Jesus paid to set you free, the far reaches He was willing to go to find you, to redeem you and set you free, you begin to appreciate your own worth. You understand that there must be a high value on you, because He paid such an exhorbitant cost to come and get you and make you His.
We cannot possibly understand all there is to know about the love of God or why He would go to such great lengths to call us back to Himself. His love is so vast and far reaching, it would be impossible to comprehend were we given 10 lifetimes to do it.
Webster defines luxury as, "the state of great comfort and extravagant living". Is that definition not a piece of kingdom life? The luxury of being His cannot be matched anywhere on earth!
Being His means you no longer have to prove your worth because He already proved it when He died on the cross for you. You are safely nestled in His heart. Connected. Warm. Known. Totally loved. Totally planned for and cheered on. Being His is where everything begins and ends. There are no more questions once you know you belong. Just think about that.
Climb up in His lap and rest your weary striving heart. Lean back into the luxury of His grace. Lean back on His heart and let Him set things right with His whisper.
Psalm 23, TPT
1The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
2He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
3That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.
4Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.
5You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.
6So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!