Here’s to you:
I believe that we set ourselves up for failure, a lot. We push ourselves too hard and too far to accomplish more than is possible. We want to believe that we can do it. That we can make it. That we can finish it. We want to be perfect. We expect ourselves to be. And it’s that expectation that goes against us when we fail. When we don’t finish it or make it. When we sin. That expectation turns into guilt that will have us rebuking and reprimanding ourselves. It makes us feel worthless. It fills us with need to somehow fix it.
But we can’t. We can’t fix our own immorality. Our own sinfulness that has been apart of every human being since Adam and Eve sinned, everyone except for Jesus. No, we can’t fix it, not on our own.
If we look back on our lives, I’m sure we’d all see a lot of the same thing: sin. It doesn’t matter what type of sin. To God, they all carry equal weight. Whether it’s murder or as simple a thing as disrespect directed to your parents. It all looks the same to God. How do we get rid of this sin? How do we get rid of this feeling of worthlessness?
God. God the only one who can take it away. Through His son, Jesus, He can clear it all away.
But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
God can take all your sin, all your guilt. He can, and He will. You just have to trust Him.
Why? Because you, in all your sin, are worth it to Him. You are loved by Him.
You are worth so much to Him that He let His son die for you.
1 Peter 1:18-20
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.
The blood, bled from a perfect and blameless man (though fully God at the same time), covers your sin. His blood bought your salvation. Just as a man could buy a slave’s freedom. When Jesus was crucified, He took your, mine, everyone’s sin upon Himself. He was the sacrifice needed to wipe away your sins forever.
Is it not incredible to think about? We must be important to God for Him do that for us.
You are not worthless. You are “right in His sight” because of His sacrifice, His grace.