Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Are you GOOD ENOUGH for God?
Over the years I have heard many people say things like "God doesn't love me." "God could care less about someone like me." , "I'm not good enough for that." , "When I die I'm going to hell like the rest of my friends." , "People like me don't go to church." , "I have to straighten up my life first before I ask God into my heart." etc.
It seems to be a pretty common misconception that people think they have to be perfect and sin-free in order for God to love them or in order to make it into heaven...And honestly, I feel that some judgemental, self-righteous, hypocritical, finger-wagging, holier-than-thou folks who CALL THEMSELVES Christians (AKA: Pharisees) are to blame for this misconception. So I wanted to talk a bit about that today.
So DO YOU really have to be perfect and sin-free in order for God to love you or in order to make it into heaven? Of course not! In fact, you couldn't be perfect and sin-free even if you tried...none of us can, it's humanly impossible!
God loves you and wants you just as you are. There is not one person alive today who is not GOOD ENOUGH for God to love or to use for his glory. Not one! No matter what you have or haven't done in your life, NOTHING makes you unworthy of his love. NOTHING you have done earns you a ticket straight to hell if you will put your trust in God and accept him as the Lord & Savior of your life. "Romans 8:39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
You do NOT have to straighten up your life before you ask God into your heart. In fact, he'd prefer that you DON'T! Simply ask him into your heart and allow HIM to help you become the person you were meant to be. Allow HIM to help you overcome your sins, addictions, and bad habits. He can and he will. He can use EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING for good, if they will just let him in. "Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
But can you get into Heaven without being a sin-free saint?!? Again, of course you can because being a sin-free saint is impossible. We can not EARN our way into Heaven...it is a gift given to us by the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. He paid for our sins so we would not have to. No matter what sins you have committed, you CAN be forgiven. Jesus heals all. By his stripes we are healed! "Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace."
Does that mean you can ask God into your heart and then just keep on sinning and make no effort to change? Well..NO! If you truly love God & put your trust in him, you will not WANT to continue sinning. You will want to please him and live a life that he is proud of. If you make absolutely no effort to change your ways, it's obvious that you are not living for God. Again, none of us are capable of perfection but if you're trying to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord you will at least TRY. Of course it will be difficult, but with his help you can do it! That's a promise! "Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."