Thursday, March 26, 2009

Are You Worth It?

I read the above comic in last Sunday's newspapers and it caused me to wonder ... how many Christians think that our Daddy God is like that man in the comic? How many of us believe (consciously or subconsciously) that God will consider whether we are worth saving before He moves?

Consider this: At the time when you accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, were you worth saving? Did you deserve to be saved?

Ephesians 2:4-6 (Amplified Bible)
4But God--so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us,

5Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation).

Eph 2:5 says that we are saved by God's grace i.e. we are delivered from death unto life through God's favour and mercy which we do not deserve, and the reason for this is the intense love that God has for us.

There are Christians who like to say "God is love but God is holy!" They believe that God is always watching them to catch them do wrong and then punish them. Some also believe that God will not help them in their troubles since they got themselves into trouble because of their own sins. Is this true? No! On the contrary, I say "God is holy but God is love!"

God is holy and therefore He insists that the price of sin has to be paid. However, above all else, God is love and "because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us" (Eph 2:4), He paid the price of sin himself through the sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus.

God helps us not because we deserve it but simply because He loves us - "When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." (Rom 5:6-8)

Consider again: God gave us His greatest gift, Jesus even though we are not worthy or deserving. Will God then withhold anything else from us? Will God then insist that you make yourself worthy first before you can receive anything from Him? "Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?" (Rom 8:32)

We cannot make ourselves worthy BUT God has already made us worthy 2,000 years ago through the cross. I can just imagine the devil saying to Jesus on the cross "Why do you want to suffer like this? Are they worth it?"

1 comment:

Daughter Of Sarah said...

WOOHOO! Preach it brother, preach it! =)