Over the past couple weeks our pastor has been doing a series called Grace too good to be true. This is been one of the most amazing message series I have heard in a long time.
It has been a reminder that we are all messed up, some more than others, but we were all once in the same place. We were all once outside of God’s grace and mercy. There are “good” people out there that do really amazing things, but they haven’t given their lives to God. There are people on death row that have realized the wrongness of what they have done, and have asked God for forgiveness and He has brought them into his circle of grace and mercy.
It’s not a matter of the things that you have done or the things that you do. The closer that you are to God and the closer that you draw into Him, the harder it’s going to be to sin or to look to sin. Many people will look around and say, “Well at least I’ve never _____,” “At least I’m not doing _____” Fill in what ever Holier than thou reference you want in these blanks. This is the problem with Churches and Christians today. So much time is spent calling out the sins, and belittling those that fit those molds. God poured out His grace on the cross for ALL not SOME.
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
I want to take a minute to brag on our church for a minute here as well. We recently changed our mission statement to the following : “ Helping people far from God find God.” This simple statement sums up what we are about. Out other big question that we always ask is: “If we ceased to exist, would our city miss us?”
At the end of the day, being a good person isn’t what it’s all about. Being a good person makes you likable. Being a good person may make you feel better about yourself. But what is your standard of good? Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever, looked at someone lustfully that wasn’t your spouse? Have you ever left work with a pen or sticky notes? If you answer yes to all three, you are a Lying, Thieving, Adulterer. This make you no better in God’s eyes than someone who is a murderer, a drunk, (insert your better than sin here). Your story shouldn’t be that, “I’m blessed by God because I do this, _______.” Your story should be, “ God has blessed me with this even though I’ve done this.” It’s not about what you can do for God, it’s more about what God can use you for. When you are doing His work for His glory, you may not be the best person, but you will be living a blessed life.
8 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4 they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them,“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, [a]Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
Are you living you life comparing yourself to others or are you comparing yourself to Christ? Are you living up to the calling that God has placed on your life? Do you know the calling that God has on your life? Do you know that it is God’s grace that has saved you? You don’t have to get your life right before you come to God. He will help you through that. He will change you. You don’t have to worry about changing yourself, that will come.