I grew up believing I was valuable to God if I was good. Which was great until I started making a bunch of MESSES.
You see I was a rule follower, until I wasn’t. And then the whole foundation of my faith pretty much crumbled right before my eyes.
Never Good Enough
Yes, God wants me to follow the rules because He knows what is best for His children. Yes, Jesus said if we love Him we would obey His commands. But they aren’t the basis for our worth or our salvation. We cannot earn His grace by being good anymore than we can lose it by being bad. His grace comes to us as a gift through faith and there is no MESS greater than His grace.
Faith founded on my works always makes me feel unworthy.
Because I will never be good enough.
There will never be a day when I don’t make a MESS of something.
Failure doesn’t devalue us. Mistakes don’t disqualify us. MESSES don’t make us unworthy.
They are precisely why God sent His son to die for us.
God knew just what a MESS we would make of our lives long before He sent His Son to the cross. In fact, He sent His Son to die for us because He knew we could never live up to His standards.
Yet we need those standards, the law, to show us how much we need His grace.
Shame or Guilt
Shame makes us feel worthless, but just enough guilt should gently guide us toward the good news of the Gospel. That’s where we see just how much we are worth to God. That’s where we discover the permanence of His love for us. That’s where we find our strength and freedom to step out in faith.
We don’t have to be ashamed of the MESSES we’ve made when we know how much we’re worth to God.
My MESSES could (and sometimes do) make me feel unqualified and unworthy to share the gospel, but that’s Satan talking. He wants to keep us chained to the law so we cannot live in the freedom of the gospel. So we won’t realize just how much we are worth. So we feel unfit to share God’s grace with others.
If being perfect was a prerequisite for sharing the gospel, God’s people would have been silenced long ago. Because none of us is without sin. We have all MESSED up and fall short of God’s glory.
If your past mistakes haunt you, deposit them at the base of the cross, receive His grace and forgiveness, and get back to being the MASTERPIECE God created you to be.
What MESSES do you need to unload today so that you can finally feel worthy of the calling God has placed on your life?
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