Peace with God?
Is it arrogant to say that I am absolutely qualified to have a relationship with God, maybe even blasphemous? Well, I will say it, I am qualified, absolutely and completely!
Romans 5:6 And while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
In these two verses, we find qualifications we need to possess in order to enter into a relationship with Him.
Helpless: unable to defend oneself or to act without help
Ungodly: irreligious or immoral
Sinner: one that sins (1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.) Lawlessness, one that breaks the commandments of God
Does that sound like you? That most certainly sums it up for me. I am very much qualified, I am absolutely sufficient to be a candidate for whom Christ died. I am helpless, ungodly, a sinner.
I have heard people say, “God can’t want me, look at what I have done.” Guess what, YOU are exactly what God wants, you are prequalified, you have what it takes! He gave you EVERYTHING, His Son.
Now that I know I’m qualified, what do I do with the information? What’s next? What does God have to offer me since I am absolutely qualified to have a relationship with Him?
Consider this verse:
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:1-2
Jesus, the “Author and perfecter of faith”. Let that sink in for a moment. He wrote, and perfected, faith…… then He gives it to me freely. That’s certainly one less thing I have to worry about. What a gracious God, even faith is something He gives me freely!
Romans 5:1-2 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
Justified by faith, peace with God, these He gives us freely, if we would accept them. We have obtained these things if we allow Him to give us this introduction by faith. He writes our faith, then offers it to us, if we want it.
What about the whole “peace with God” thing? Does this sound like something we need? What does it mean if we don’t have this “peace with God”? If someone is not at peace, doesn’t that make them at war?
Would you rather live in peace with your neighbor, or be an enemy? I have enough to worry about in my life without having to worry about my neighbor slashing tires on my car at night, or worse! What about the God of the universe? Do I really want to be the enemy of the one who gives me each breath here on earth? Absolutely not!
In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
Have you answered His call? He has provided you with everything you need to answer, just open up to Him.
Pray with me.
“Jesus, Son of God, I hear your voice calling to my heart. I confess I am qualified to answer your call. I am helpless, ungodly, a sinner. Please forgive my sins and enter my heart, dine with me.
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Earnestly Contending for the Faith,