Do you ever wonder if God is getting weary of your constant mess-ups? Do you sometimes put off your quiet time due to a recent relapse into sinful behavior?
A few of you may have even resisted asking Jesus into your hearts because you think you’re not good enough.
If so, I can’t wait to share this week’s verse, “May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love” (Ephesians 3:17 AMPC).
Try to imagine what it would be like to be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love by the One Who loves you, even when you’re at your worst. I can’t think of anything more appealing than being secure, especially when I don’t love myself or when I’m devastated due to poor choices I’ve made. I can’t think of a better way to obtain ultimate security than to invite Jesus into my mess.
Inviting Jesus to make His home in our life (heart) happens when we come to the understanding that we have sinned and cannot redeem ourselves by performing enough good deeds. We realize and accept that only the finished work of Jesus, God Himself (dying an agonizing death for our sins), can make us eligible to enter heaven. Only Christ can redeem us.
This understanding and process is also referred to as becoming “saved,” “born-again” or “asking Jesus to become our Lord and Savior” (Lord: giving Him authority over our lives; Savior: thanking Him for saving us from hell and the oppression of sin).
In addition, Jesus’ death and resurrection allows us to live the victorious life we really want to live, rather than leaving us a slave to our sins and bad habits. So, rather than God being disappointed in us, He grieves for us because He knows how devastating sin is.
We can be secure in our Father’s love. God knows we will still mess up, but His loving-kindness will always lead us to repentance.
Talk about security.
Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of a new blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. You can email Sheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.