When Jesus calls Matthew, the tax collector, to follow Him, He says, “I love you as you are.” This vote of confidence makes it possible for Matthew to see the best in himself; to leave everything; and, to follow Jesus.

Do I believe that God loves me just as I am today? Can I accept myself – wounded and sinful – and still see room to grow and change?

O God, thank you for the gift of Your love. May I see myself as the beloved of God, and be inspired to turn closer to You. Sustain me in love.