Too often, organized religion encourages us to live a life of works; it’s a heavy ball and chain around our feet that develops within us a feeling of never being good enough for God. In this world we cannot be completely free from sin. It is impossibility. We cannot work for God’s love. It is given to us freely.
The belief that we have to work for God’s approval separates us from Him.
Feelings of inadequacy cause us to turn away from God because we don’t feel accepted. This is a false representation of who Christ is and how He loves us. It is this belief that leads us down a destructive path, encouraging works oriented behavior. The ideology of gaining God’s love and approval by works is a skewed perception of God. God loves us because we are His. You see, His love for us does not change based on our behavior; rather, our behavior changes based on His perfect love.
His love for us is constant; He takes us just as we are with utter excitement.
You cannot be too ugly or beat up for God. Why? Because He is more concerned about having a relationship with us than how perfect we are. Who are we fooling? He is an all knowing God. He knows your next sinful action before you even do it. Knowing this, He beckons us to acknowledge Him. No matter how small or great our interest is in Him; He uses that amount to grow the relationship. It does not matter who we are or what we have done, He just wants us to come to Him. He can work through us when we commune with Him. It’s the personal process that He wants to engage us in.
The only thing He refuses to do is exercise His power over our will.
He chose to give us the ability to think freely.
He will do and use anything He possibly can to get our attention, so that His Spirit can lead us to a decision of choosing to yield our will to Him.
When we focus on Jesus instead of our ability to be perfect, something great happens. We fall in love with our Savior. This is the greatest and most intimate relationship we will enter into this side of heaven. There is power, peace, and wisdom in knowing Jesus that satisfies our soul in such a way that we live in perfect contentment and gratitude regardless of what is happening around us. Jesus offers a joy everlasting that ignites the heart leaving us with a genuine desire to live out our lives in such a way that brings glory to Him.
The fears, anxieties, and pressures of life slowly fade. The desire of our hearts becomes His desires for us. The natural inclination to live independently of God no longer holds us captive. At last we are free. Our hearts long to soak up His love, yearning for more and more of Him in our lives.
There is nothing that compares to Jesus perfect love for us. He is the only and most high God. He desires to work in your life through a relationship with you.