“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.”
– Titus 3:4,5
Do you ever feel like you’re not enough? Are you constantly believing that after you change that one thing in your life, then you’ll be blessed? Unfortunately, it’s easy and all too common to feel like people don’t really see you, and that if they did, they wouldn’t love you or might even reject you. At the root of this is often the mistaken belief that God is mad at you. After all, if He doesn’t approve of you, who will? However, this is the good news about Christianity — it’s like every other religion, only inverted!
Nearly all religions say that if you do X, Y, and Z right, then God (or the gods) will be on your side. However, Christianity invites broken, hurting, addicted, depressed, anxious, suffering, sinning people to come to God just the way they are. He doesn’t save the perfect, He saves us in our present condition. Then, He invites us to live the rest of our lives in His easy yoke.
Friend, I want you to take heart today and remember that God has a plan for your life! Just like a tree planted in a garden takes months and even years to reach full maturity and produce fruit, so is the Lord’s work in your life. Everything He is doing, even if you see it as a bump in the road, is ultimately going to bring a harvest that will impact you and those around you. Trust in the Lord, moment-by-moment and season-by-season, and your perseverance will ultimately birth a blessing that you won’t be able to contain!
Thank you, Jesus, for saving me in my present, imperfect condition and for your mercy being present in my life.
Do you trust in the Lord, moment-by-moment and season-by-season? Which season are you in right now? How is Jesus with you there?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.