Often times in our lives we begin to feel like our baggage is too much. That the more we fail in life, the more Jesus judges us. That when we fall short, the cross may not be big enough for our sins. We may even question our entire faith because we make a single mistake. When I ask students who aren’t Christians why they don’t go to church, their number one response to me is, “I don’t feel good enough”. I bet you have even asked yourself that question once or twice (I know I have).
Our culture has always told us that we have to be good enough to get something in return.
We have to get college degrees to get a high-paying job.
We have to get a high-paying job to get nice things.
We have to get nice things to look good in front of our peers.
These things are all true and I’m not knocking them… especially the college education. Get it! However, because this is the way we are trained to think, it can mess us up spiritually. It will turn what Jesus is truly about into a contest of “Who Can Be The Best Christian”.
Jesus came to earth on a mission. It was to live a perfect life as an example for us, be betrayed, and die on a cross for our sins. Pretty crazy mission, right?
Why is it so hard for us to comprehend Jesus?
Jesus was a man that from the very beginning of His life was born in a mess. He was brought into the world during the reign of King Herod who was so insecure in his leadership, wanted all baby boys 2 yrs and younger murdered, (I guess he saw an episode of rugrats or something where Tommy and his friends took over the world). Jesus lived in a time where religious leaders were taking advantage of their people. Jesus lived in a time where He was betrayed by one of His closest friends for a little bit of money. Jesus lived in a time where He was put on a cross as punishment for crimes He didn’t commit.
Society tells us that we have to earn things, but Jesus tells us that He already earned it for you. The “it” is an eternal life with Him in Heaven. The “it” is what will save you from living an eternity away from Him in hell. The “it” is a life here on earth that is full of freedom because you have a perfect example of how to live it. The “it” is Jesus.
There is nothing we can do on our own to earn “it”. Romans 3:23 tells us that, “All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” The only thing we can do is what can sometimes appear too easy… believe. Believe in Jesus. Give your life to Him and become a new creation. He still loves you. Through all of your past, hurts, guilt, frustrations, pain, struggles, thoughts, mess-ups, failures. Jesus still loves you. He always has and He always will.