But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
Yesterday morning I found myself once again overwhelmed by the fact that God loves me no matter how I “perform” on a given day.
I think for many of us, we have, at some point or another in our lives, been surrounded by people who are never quite impressed with what we’ve done. We are constantly pushed to do better and to be better. (Or maybe this is just me and I’m projecting it on all of you… Ha!)
Christianity is not a performance-based religion. I don’t care what anybody tells you. God does not say, “Do better and be better and then I’ll love you.” Now here’s the thing: He probably should do that. Face it, we aren’t all that good and moral. We couldn’t uphold the law in full. And even when we outwardly perform, the truth is that inwardly we’re full of filth. We carry envy, jealousy, bitterness, hatred… all sorts of ugly junk resides in our hearts.
So what strikes me is this: God does not shake His head at me and say, “Well, Brittany, today you weren’t so good. Do better and try harder tomorrow, please.”
Instead, He sees me and looks upon me with pure, perfect love. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of what Jesus has done on my behalf. Jesus’ record is perfect. He IS better and He DID better because I wasn’t capable. Not only did He bear all my shortcomings and wrongdoings on the cross, but He also imparts to me His perfect righteousness.
And therefore God, seeing me as He sees His Son, loves me perfectly. And nothing I do or say today, no matter if I perform horribly or if I perform well, can change His unfailing love. And yet, by His grace and through the power of His Holy Spirit, He is sanctifying me. He is daily conforming me to the image of His Son.
And if that can’t compel me to love and worship Him, I’m just not sure what can.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.