Jesus has removed your burden of striving for God’s approval. He has taken away your self-help attempts of winning God’s love. You don’t have to clean yourself up to be presentable and acceptable to God. The world wrestles with that. It battles guilt and shame and an over-burdened conscience of law keeping, whether it’s one of its own making, or the real list of moral commands from the bible.
There are really only two camps to be in: the one of self-effort, like a gymnasium, full of sweat and exertion, or the one of surrender because you can’t conform to any of it.
There is more hope of finding the gospel in the camp of the dejected than in the camp of the proud.
Today, if you find yourself feeling hopeless, you’re in a good place. It means you know you don’t have the answers or the strength for living life well.
None of us do. It just takes some of us longer to realize it than others.
Jesus lived life well for you.
He obeyed God for you.
He loved God with all his mind, heart, will and strength for you.
He served God perfectly for you.
He also paid the price for your sins on the cross.
He was the Perfect Man who was well pleasing to God.
And if you believe in him, then God has given you his Son’s perfect record as your own.
That means when God looks at you he sees you as never having sinned, ever, and as never having had a sin nature.
He only sees Jesus in you.
You need joy today? Read this post again!
Talk to me.