How on earth can God consider me worthy of His only Son’s shed blood? What did I ever do to make myself deserving of such an amazing gift? Absolutely nothing! That’s right dear Sister, absolutely nothing. That selfless gift of Jesus’s life…that amazing act of astounding love that cannot in any way be comprehended, you and I are unworthy recipients of love that was freely poured out by our Heavenly Father.
While I know that I have received God’s overwhelming gift, it has taken me more than half of my lifetime to accept…to believe, that I’m a sinner, saved by grace, without associating some sort of guilt with that. Growing up in the Baptist church of the 70’s, fire and brimstone was preached with might from the pulpit of our church. Weekly I was told…actually was screamed at (sure did have some loud preachers back then) about how horrible a person I was.
So there I was, a little girl who was emotionally abused at home and made to believe I was worthless, being told on Sunday by my pastor that I was no good. You see, what I didn’t hear what how this blemished, stained, unrighteous, sinner was loved so much by God, that He was willing to send His only Son to die for me! I never received the message of redemption.
Did you ever miss that redemption message or was it just me? For so many years of my life I walked around feeling guilty for living. I felt like I didn’t deserve anything. Then, life changed for me about 10 years ago. What seems like a lifetime later, I received the rest of that message…y’all, I received the redemption message! I received the message of God’s mighty love for me…for you, and that while I am totally unworthy, through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, I am redeemed! Y’all, it doesn’t matter that I am not perfect. To be honest, on this side of eternity, there is no possible way to be perfect. Only Jesus demonstrated perfection. That why Romans 3:23 is so important.
Y’all, God’s word tells us “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” All covers everyone. You, me, that chickie down the street who seems to have it all together…all. It covers every single human being on this earth. You know what else covers each and every person? The shed blood of Jesus Christ….if you will accept it. It is only through His blood that we can be saved.
Dear Sister, it doesn’t matter how good I’ve been, how much money I give to charitable causes, how many times I do something kind for another. It doesn’t matter if I can bench press a Buick! I…you…we will never ever be redeemed without embracing the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Only acceptance of the sacrifice He made for us is what makes us worthy. Yep, you heard me right. You, dear Sister, are worthy!!
Tonight dear Ones, tonight I want you to embrace with me…BELIEVE the reality that if you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you too are redeemed. By Grace, you have been saved. You are justified, and you dear Sister…you are worthy of God’s mighty love for you! One day, Jesus is coming back for us…all of us that believe in Him. Won’t that be a glorious day?
Today, remember the rest of the story, read Romans 3:23 and add verse 24. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, being justified freely by grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Yes we’ve sinned. Yep! I have fallen short of the glory of God. Oh but dear Sister, in Christ Jesus we are justified by God freely and provided that amazing and loving redemption. You dear One are worthy, loved, and one day…will be singing praise at the feet of our mighty King!