We are in the season of Lent…anticipating the Easter celebration that will come in a few weeks, the culmination of the Christ story, the fulfillment of God’s promises.
But are we living out that gift of life that was given to us on a daily basis?
We are studying Revelation in church right now and it is very interesting and scary stuff. Scary for those that will be left behind. We see in greater detail God’s wrath on a fallen world.
But still there is hope in the story.
God, in His loving mercy, sent His only Son as a way out. Payment for our sins. God wants all to know Him and accept this gift of grace.
But do we live in that grace?
I have been a believer for a long time. I have also had a very skewed view of what that means. I am a failure at being a good Christian most days. I am not kind and loving with my family at times, I can talk about faith but don’t always live it out well, I am a hypocrite, 100%.
So who am I to stand here, writing about the grace and mercy of God?!
Those are lies that the enemy whispers to me often. Do you hear them as well?
Our pastor shared something at the end of his sermon on Sunday that really struck a chord in me and I just felt like I needed to share it here today. Maybe you find yourself in this very place as well….
As Christians we often hold ourselves to a kind of “to-do” list to keep us saved. Get up early for prayer time or Bible study, pray pray pray, go to church…etc.
All of these things are great. They keep us in communication with God, help build that personal relationship with Him that He so desires.
But it doesn’t keep us saved.
Christ’s shedding of blood on the cross is what was the ultimate payment, the covering we all need to remain in the presence of God for eternity.
I accepted this gift, and committed to walking in relationship with God but what happens on those days that I really need to sleep in and skip my quiet time? What about those times that I forget to pray for my husband and children? Or those times that I am selfish and ungrateful?
How could God possibly love a sinner like me?
And THAT is the point friends….
He doesn’t love us any less when we aren’t playing the Christian “part” to perfection!
God loved me so much (knowing EVERY sin that I would commit) that before I was even born He sacrificed His ONLY Son to die a painful and unimaginable death on a cross, so that the shedding of blood would be an eternal covering for me, if I would just accept the gift.
How powerful is that?!
It isn’t what I do, or blog about, or how often I get up and do a BIble study….He doesn’t love me for those reasons….and He doesn’t love me less in those times that I fail.
God loves unconditionally.
I can’t even fully grasp what that means because as a human, and a failure, I don’t know how to love unconditionally…I put conditions on my love all the time – even if I am not trying to do so….I think a hint of it is always there.
But God, in His great grace, pours out His love on us no matter what!
We should be walking in freedom friends!
Accepting this gift for what it is. A love offering from a God that cares more for us than we can even imagine. I am not going to loose His love when I fail…no, I already have His heart 100%. And so do you.
So start living in that redemption. It is your free gift to accept. And stop believing the lies that because you fail, that you have lost God’s favor. Your failures are the exact reason we have the cross.
A beautiful song the represents this is “You Love Me Anyway” by Sidewalk Prophets. Let the words fill your soul with hope today and walk in freedom because He loves you!
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