I get really discouraged when I encourage people who feel they aren’t “good enough” for the Christian lifestyle or when a person thinks because they are struggling in some area, that they must not be worthy of God. I’ve encountered people who feel they aren’t living up to the calling of Christianity because they don’t always agree with some “rules” that are stressed that aren’t actually Biblically-grounded rules.
It doesn’t matter the background you came from. It doesn’t matter if you came from a split home. It doesn’t matter if you had one parent or two. It doesn’t matter if you were never churched growing up or if you attended church every Sunday. Without Jesus, you are a rebel against God. Rather than reflecting God, you rival God.
Many times Christians get caught up in their own self-righteousness. I have heard Christians who grew up in church say that when their salvation isn’t exciting because they already lived “good” lives before. I need to remind you here if you feel this way, your good is not good enough. Anything brought from death to life is never boring. Before knowing Jesus you lived for yourself. After, you are called to live for Him.
”And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience….But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved-“ Ephesians 2:1-5
God’s promises are not for the ones who are “good enough.” In Genesis, God promises His Kingdom to Abram. He and his wife were old in age and barren. Not exactly the kind of person we’d picture God promising His Kingdom to, huh? If God waited for you to be lovable before He approached you, you would NEVER be approached. God doesn’t see what we see. It is in the midst of your disobedience and rebellion that God’s mercy and grace break forward.
Once you are saved by grace through faith, you are not simply saved just to sit and marvel and your being saved by grace through faith. I was looking at the journey’s of Paul today. (You know Paul, the guy who persecuted Christians before being reached by God?) Once again, not the kind of person we would imagine God to use to further His Kingdom. Paul spoke to people of all different beliefs while on his journeys. He didn’t discriminate according to his preference. He proclaimed the truth to a guard who had him locked up in jail! (Acts 16:30-31) We don’t invited people over to our house to show how righteous we are, how “good” we are…we invited them over to show them love of a God who blessed us more than we deserve.
-Jesus is a King who rules from a throne of grace and mercy.
– Jesus is a King who absorbs violence rather than inflicting violence on His enemies.
-Jesus is a King who sits down with His enemies to make them friends.
Jesus is a King who takes us from barren and broken to sons and daughters.