Now that we know who a Christian is (if you don’t, check out my last post Back to Basics, Onto Glory) we will now move onto how a Christian should relate to God. Today, many wish to make God their friend. While He is truly our friend, this is a great diminishing of who God is. As one person put it “A God not just enough to condemn is not strong enough to save”. So let’s take a look at the three main points in our relating to God.
- You and I are terrible at being righteous. Isaiah writes “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment, And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away”. Have you ever been told that you have to try harder, do better at being a Christian? Do not listen to those people. No matter how hard you try, you are going to fail. You might look good, you might be able to convince your church friends that you are holy and good. But, no matter how convincing an act you put on, you still won’t want people to know the real you. Also, you will still be condemned.
- That last part was pretty depressing. So let’s get the Good News (the Gospel). The second thing we need to know is this: That God has done everything for us to be considered righteous. Our duty is not to be righteous. Jesus has done that already. Paul writes “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”. Not only has God made us righteous, He has also provided a way for us to be forgiven for our daily sins. By confessing our sins we may receive the forgiveness God already has for us. There is never a sin too great. God longs to forgive us and wants you, specifically you, to be saved.
- So we have had the bad news and the good news. Now for the great news, you are free! Thanks to God, you are free from sin, free from the law, free from those judgemental people always waiting for you to fail. You can look them straight in the eye and say, “On God’s authority I am allowed to screw up”. You are also free to give thanks. Paul says, “Therefore do not be partakers with them [that is the disobedient ones]; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light … trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord”. It is our duty, or rather the duty of the Spirit within us, to learn what things are pleasing to God and do those things. Not for salvation’s sake, not because we have to. But because we love God in return for what He did. That, just as we wish to please our loved ones because we care for them, so too we should wish to please God because He has done so much for us.
Now there is a lot to unpack in what we just went through. That will be what we are going to do in the next few blog posts. So if you were going along and found anything you would like to see discussed in greater detail put a comment below or send me a private message through my Contact Page. Also, if you have anything you would like to add to the conversion please don’t hesitate. I would love to hear if any of this is new to you or exciting you about your faith.
Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.