When the rich young ruler came to Jesus asking how he might inherit eternal life, Jesus first instructed him to be obedient to God’s commands. When replying that he had done so from his youth, Christ told him that he lacked one thing- his wealth was more important to him than God. He said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
At this, the rich young ruler went away sad, because he had great wealth. Jesus, with one look, saw where the young man was lacking. But here is the interesting part. As Jesus’s made this assessment of him, scripture says that “Jesus, looking at him, loved him.”
God sees our every fault. He knows the deepest, darkest corners of our souls. And yet he looks upon us and loves us- warts and all. It’s healthy to feel guilty when you do wrong and to strive to become the holy and righteous person He calls you to be- but Jesus loves you right here, right now, just as you are.
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure;
That He would give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.