Do you ever have days where no matter how hard you try, you miss the mark entirely on every single thing? School. Work. Relationships. Sins you’re trying to give up. And when you do fail, you feel empty and sad and basically not worth anything just because your performance was off?
The world calculates how valuable you are based on your performance. God calculates your value based on your faith in Him, and your faith in Him alone. If our worth depends on how “good” we are--aka excelling in school, always being the best employee at work, always being a good friend/daughter/girlfriend, we will always be disappointed, because we will ALWAYS fall short. We will get the F’s on the papers and tests. We will drop the ball completely at work (just had a day like that last week!), we will snap at the people we love and afterwards feel horrible about it.
And when we do, the enemy lurks in with his friend Shame, and Shame’s twin brother, Guilt. These feelings (which don’t belong to God) are used as a vehicle to drive us away from Him. To convince us that we are too messy, too broken, and too much of a failure for God to want us...so we should stay far, far away from Him until we fix our problems.
But this is such a lie!! Don’t let the enemy use other people (or worse, your own head, since we are often our worst critics) to try and convince you that you are beyond grace. You’re not. Grace isn’t something you earn by quitting drinking or smoking, or being the best at everything you do, or always speaking kindly. Grace isn’t based on your ability to perform as a “good person” performs. Grace isn’t based on what you do, it’s based on what has been done for you.
As humans, we are broken. It’s just a fact. But it’s a sweet kind of broken! It’s a brokenness that only God can work through. A brokenness whose only purpose is to remind us that yes, we need God, and no, we are not perfect. It’s a brokenness that should bring us to humble dependence on Jesus and His grace--not a brokenness that shames us into turning our backs on the one being that will ever love us unconditionally.
o friends, if I can offer up one encouragement, it’s to come as you are, because He wants you as you are. You don’t need to fix yourself before you come to Jesus. Come broken. Watch Him do the fixing.
“He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we could be holy and blameless before Him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”