No matter what we do, He still loves us.
No matter what happens next, Jesus died on the cross for us.
And no matter what, we are born again.
NOTHING can change that.
There’s some things that we just need to keep putting back into our little minds until we get it (and I mean really really get it). This is one of them. It’s tough, we are constantly told that if we do something wrong, we won’t be treated the same way anymore. Suddenly, a little mistake turns into a life-changer. We’re taught that messing up means that we just aren’t enough. If we do something that isn’t ~perfect~, then we aren’t worthy of being treated as an equal. So we go through our lives constantly making mistakes and constantly exhausting ourselves while striving to cover up the little things that we do imperfectly (and that’s a lot of little coverups because guess what?!? We are imperfect, and that’s not changing)
And y’all, it’s not so fun to constantly feel like nothing we do will ever be good enough.
If what it takes to be “enough” is to be perfect, well, we are NEVER going to be enough.
We never have been perfect.
We never will be.
We were born into sin and this idea that we have to be perfect isn’t working out too well for ANY of us.
Here’s the thing, we always think that we know best. GUESS WHAT?? We just don’t. We keep striving to be the human embodiment of perfection (or whatever we think is perfection) when that is never gonna happen (We’ll never even get close). Why do we keep trying so hard to be perfect when the only perfection to ever set foot on this broken world died a brutal death so that we could live without the weight of a sin worth of death?
Let’s all just take a little time to STOP and look into Matthew 27.
11 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”“You have said so,” Jesus replied.12 When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13 Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14 But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.“Barabbas,” they answered.22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.They all answered, “Crucify him!”23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children! 26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
There is no way we can ever repay that. Think about it.
Someone who was perfect, had never sinned a day in their life, took it all.
He took our sin so we could have eternal life.
Here’s whats even crazier;
He took EVERYONE’S sin.
Not just the ones of us that he knew were gonna try their hardest to give Him glory and spread His word.
The people who have never even heard of Him and the ones who straight up deny HIs existence altogether.
He allowed Himself to be whipped and chained and mocked and never once did He complain.
He sacrificed Himself for the people doing that to Him.
He sacrificed Himself for people who chose a really bad dude over THE embodiment of perfection.
For the people who led him away to be crucified.
He took it all, so that we would never have to.
And through this amazing act of love, one we could never even come close to matching, we are born again.
Our sins are washed clean.
Did ya hear that?
We get to be BORN AGAIN.
It’s so easy to get caught up in what we think is the right way to “repay” this amazing, incomprehensible act of love. And BAM, there we go again, trying to find a way to be some perfect person who does exactly what they’re supposed to. We were saved by this perfect love. The kind of love that is untouchable by us,we can’t even begin to comprehend it. No matter how many cookies we pass out or letters we write, the love that Christ showed (and keeps showing) us is unattainable. I don’t know about you, but this whole concept of unending love is pretty dang hard for me to grasp.
Bottomline, it’s pretty tough to forgive someone once they hurt us, once they do something that goes explicitly against what we asked. And yet that’s just us. That’s what humans do. We all go explicitly into sins without thinking twice. And God still loves us! We still are born again!
Titus 3:5 reads this,
He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
How did we luck out with such an amazing creator? He did this for us. And oh my word, He didn’t do it because we earned it (because guys, we didn’t do anything to deserve this kind of love) He saved us because he loves us, even when we do so many things wrong.
I’ve been making a lot of very noticeable mistakes lately. Friends, honestly it is just pretty tough to keep looking at yourself, only to see and dwell on everything that you have been doing wrong. We are human.
Then, this happy little package came in the mail and reminded me that it’s okay to mess up. So, if you haven’t heard of (the insanely cool) Glorify Apparel, here ya go. Their uplifting shirts might just spark something pretty wonderful in you or someone that you know.
So here’s the deal, we are imperfect. Our praise and devotion is the only thing that we can “give back” to the Lord. Here’s the tricky part, though, you have to ask yourself;
AM I DOING THIS TO HONOR THE LORD OR JUST TO LOOK LIKE I’M HONORING HIM?
Y’all, if you’re just trying to look like a Christian in order to “repay” this act of amazing love, then it’s not real. If you’re more concerned with everyone on earth thinking that you live a God-fearing life, then you’re in this for the WRONG reasons. In Galatians 1, Paul says,
Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. (1:10)
GUYS!! THIS SHOULD BE OUR ATTITUDE!!
We’ve never been called to please people, but we’ve been called to call them to the Lord, to be fishers of men. We can never come close to ever deserving the gift of eternal life, of freedom from sins worthy of death. But bringing more people to this incredible faith isn’t hurting anything;)
Friends, we were born again. There’s no denying it and there’s no repaying it. This is out of pure, untouchable love.
And that, is something you can only get from a God who loves us more than we’ll ever imagine.
with love, Elle