Jesus Came to Us
“He didn't wait for us to stop sinning, clean up, get our act together, or fix this one thing. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:6-8 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
We think that we have to get our act together to come to God, but what God is saying is that Jesus came to us… RIGHT WHERE WE WERE. Paul tells us in Romans that we were “powerless” in our quest to gain access to God and that it was because of God’s love for us that he created a way to have a relationship with Him. He didn't wait for us to stop sinning, clean up, get our act together, or fix this one thing. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
5 Things This Means For Us:
1. No more wondering if you’re good enough.
2. You can stop treating God’s love as a reward for good behavior.
3. If you've messed up, He still loves you.
4. There’s nothing you can do to gain God’s love, so there is also nothing you can do to lose it.
5. Your actions are powerless to earn forgiveness, but God’s love through Jesus dying on our behalf creates unconditional forgiveness.
What are the things in your life that you are doing to try to gain access to God’s power? Do you know that the only thing He asks us to do is accept that we are powerless on our own and believe that Jesus came to us for that reason?
If you have stopped trying on your own and established a relationship with Him through faith in Jesus, are you doing works to prove yourself to Him, or are you seeking to know Him better through your works?
If you are realizing that you have never given up trying to get there on your own and want to decide that God really does love you enough to let his son, Jesus, die for you just like you are, sin and all, you can simply let him know. (You can also let us know here and we will pray with you and encourage you on this new journey that is more about knowing God than working for him.)
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