No Matter Who We Are (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 289)
Romans 3:22 (NLT)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
Don’t you like the feeling of being forgiven? You know when you’ve said or done something wrong, were late on a bill payment, failed to do something at work, and the offended party just wipes the slate clean and gives you a fresh start. Well, that’s what God did when he sent Jesus to earth to bear our sins on the cross.
Because of the humble sacrifice Jesus made on the cross with his own life, everything you and I have ever done wrong has been forgiven. Past, present, and future — it is all washed under the blood, we’ve been set free, and given a blank clean slate to work with it. God doesn’t hold our offenses against us. He forgives us completely, fully, totally, unconditionally, and freely.
We are not perfect at all. But Jesus makes us right with God. The perfect, sinless Son of God stands in our place and makes us righteous before God. And that rightness before God opens the door for us to spend eternal life in heaven. He frees us from guilt, shame, regret, and a cloudy conscience. This is true for every single person who steps over the line and makes the choice to believe.
And it doesn’t matter who you are. So many things in this world are based upon conditions. You have to have a certain credit score to buy a home, or pass this requirement to join a fraternity or sorority, or have this level of education or experience to get a particular job. None of that matters in God’s kingdom. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or how long ago it was, you can be forgiven and made right with God if you just believe.
We like to think we have to earn our stripes. But it’s not like that with God. Grace is free for us, mercy is a gift to us. We don’t have to do anything to earn it because it isn’t based upon merit or performance. It’s all based upon God and what he has done for us — freely, totally, completely, and without apology.
“A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world-and might be even more difficult to save.”
— C.S. Lewis