Luke 23:39–43 (NKJV)
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
“How can I come to God in this condition?”
We have all kinds of excuses when it comes to our relationship with God. Maybe you find yourself saying “I am going to clean up these few things, then I will be acceptable to God.” Whether you have not accepted God, living in rebellion to Him, or you truly do not feel worthy, God is asking you today to come as you are. What a wonderful open invitation.
The thief on the cross gives us the perfect example of God’s mercy and grace. The thief had no time left to make any changes in his life to make himself more acceptable to God. What was important to God in that moment? the thief’s heart. The thief saw God, believed, and then was given eternal glory. The thief did not have to prove that he could live a better life after coming to the Lord, he didn’t have to perform a certain number of “good deeds,” he didn’t have to prove anything to God, he was accepted because of belief and that was it.
“How can I come to God when I have denied Him so many times?”
Peter, after denying Jesus in Luke 22:57 would be asked to feed His sheep in John 21:17. The same God that forgives our sin also forgives our disbelief. How powerful is that? Maybe you have denied His existence, maybe you have denied a command, maybe you are currently living in disobedience, no matter how you are denying Him, He is ready to forgive and move forward with you in new life. God does not care where you are in this moment in time, nor is He concerned with past transgressions, He is concerned with the eternal.
“I have messed up so many times, how can God accept me?”
This devotional is meant to take a few minutes to read each day so we cannot get into everyone mentioned in the Bible that have messed up, Saul persecuting believers being forgiven and then given new life a Paul, David, well enough said, Jonah, denying God’s request, the list goes on and on. If God forgave them, you can find newness of life as well!
God cares very little about where we have been, what we have done, what sin we have partaken in, He cares about our eternal destination. Where are you at today? God is begging you to come to Him as you are and to go forth in the glorious new life He has planned for you!
Romans 6:4 (NKJV)
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
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