No, really…it’s that good
If you’re like most folks, you can list a few things that you should (or shouldn’t) do so that God could love you more and use you more. The list varies from person to person, but it usually includes things like getting up early for a “quiet time” (you should but you don’t) and yelling at your kids/spouse/dog (you shouldn’t but you do). It also includes the judgment of your thoughts about your in-laws and the drama queen next door, and that word you said when you dropped the open orange juice carton on your freshly cleaned kitchen floor.
We won’t even talk about stealing candy from the kids’ Easter baskets. You know who you are.
These are the white collar crimes of Christianity. Maybe not like murder. Or adultery. Or coveting your neighbor’s ox. Just…little things that make God frown and hold back the good stuff from you. Because you don’t deserve the good stuff. You know it, and God knows it. And you never really shake the nagging feeling that it’s going to catch up with you any moment now.
At least, that’s how it’s always seemed. That’s what happens when your faith system is more about sin management than the power of a Savior. Most of us were taught sin management, usually right there in church. We’ve never known of another way to look at it. And so we spend our lives trying to figure out how to be good enough.
And we’re never quite sure how good “good enough” actually is. But we suspect that it’s a lot better than we are.
There’s a word that gets thrown around in church and religious circles: gospel. Do you know what it means? It literally means “good news”.
So think about it. Do you think it’s good news that we have to avoid doing the things we already know we’re powerless to avoid doing?
Yeah. Doesn’t sound so good to me, either. In fact, it sounds miserable. It’s a lot of pressure.
I have some really good news. It’s so simple that you might have trouble believing it.
Are you ready for this?
Jesus paid for ALL your crimes, big and small, past and future, and YOU get His rewards.
It gets even better. There’s a bonus package.
He fought your enemy (the devil) and won, and then He gave you authority to enforce His victory for the rest of your time on earth.
God is that good. He loves us that much. What we couldn’t do for ourselves, He did for us.
On your worst day, you are still completely covered and He’s still completely crazy about you.
I wish more Believers really understood the deep implications of this.
No more guilt.
No more shame.
No longer orphans, but adopted by God.
Credited with all of Jesus’s goodness.
Always accepted by God.
No longer a slave to trying harder, working harder
Free to rest.
Free to laugh.
Perfectly loved and cherished.
Always, and no matter what.