Romans 5; 1 Samuel 14; Psalm 59
One of the most maddening things I hear is people talking about being ready to follow God as soon as they are “good enough.” I can’t help but wonder what their definition of “good enough” is. I look at myself and recognize that even though God has shown me that He loves me; even though He has begun making changes in me; I am not, nor will I ever be “good enough” by my own efforts to have a relationship with a holy God. The amazing miracle of God’s love is not that we were good enough for Him; but that He loves us even when we are not good enough. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:8-10) God sent Jesus to die on the cross to bring us to reconciliation with Him not because we were good enough, but because He is full of such great love. He brought reconciliation. We look at the death of Jesus to bring reconciliation. That being said, once our relationship with God is restored, we no longer focus on His death, we focus on His life to guide us in our everyday life. Being “saved” is not a future “pie-in-the-sky” dream. Being saved is a lifestyle that comes from God that seeks to live out our restored relationship with Him and to share His love with others.
Lord God, I am not “good enough” to have a relationship with You; I am loved enough. Thank You for seeking reconciliation with me even when I was Your enemy. Thank You for saving me to live in a restored relationship with You and giving me the privilege of sharing Your love with others.