I used to have an overactive conscience. I was keenly aware of my inability to measure up to Biblical standards. In fact, I remember walking into my college dorm room one night, looking for a little encouragement, and asking my roommate “Why do I feel guilty all the time?”
My buddy, who could be a bit of a teaser, simply replied “Maybe you are.”
He tells me that the look on my face was priceless. But he was actually right. I was. Romans 3:23 reminds us we have “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” But the part he failed to mention was that even though I was guilty, it didn’t really matter, since the following verse, 3:24, assures us that despite our guilt, we’re “justified by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
Being performance-oriented is human nature. In fact, it’s the root of all religion: Perform properly and you’ll receive favor and blessing from God, or the gods, or whomever. But the Gospel is different. We receive the true God’s favor and blessings (all of His blessings and not just eternal life (health, financial abundance, social favor etc,) through grace and grace alone.
Have you been plagued with condemning thoughts, feeling you that you can’t receive God’s best because of your personal failures? Do you feel guilty? Maybe it’s because you are. But it doesn’t matter. Jesus has taken care of all that. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2nd Cor. 5:21)
Put your faith in Christ’s work on the cross, rather than in your own works. ‘Cause from His perspective, you’re pure as the driven snow.
Your friend and partner in world harvest,