For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I want you to close your eyes and imagine something with me. Imagine what your life would be like if you had to “earn” you way to Heaven. What if God was making a list in Heaven watching and waiting for your next big sin, or watching for your next philanthropic move?
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever done something with the intention of impressing your Heavenly Father? Or have you ever decided not to do something, worried that maybe you will ruin your “chances" of salvation if you followed through with it?
If there is anything that the Lord is teaching me right now, it is that I cannot, and will not, ever earn myself a seat in Heaven. There have been seasons of my life that I would spend pouring myself out and being involved in anything I possibly could, desperately trying to impress Him. However, the pat on the back I was hoping for would never come, and instead I would feel exhausted. Ironically enough, I feel most cherished by Him when I simply remember who I am in Him. When I realize that I am only human, reconciled by the blood of Jesus, the pressure is off. Romans 8:38-39 is extremely comforting when I find myself overwhelmed by the weight of my own human-ness, feeling unworthy or unqualified.
1. Do you ever feel like you can earn your way to Heaven?
2. Is there anything you are involved in, or have said “yes” to lately, simply to gain Jesus’ approval?
3. How can you change your thinking to help yourself believe that Jesus loves you simply because you are His?
Jesus, thank You for loving me as I am. I praise You that there is nothing that I can do or say that will impress You. You are impressed by me because I belong to You. I ask that You would open my eyes and help me to remember that it is the condition of my heart that You are most concerned about. Amen.