RELENTLESS // Ron Leakey
In a world where most strive to be better, many often find themselves falling short of the picture we have in our minds of being "good enough". Is this picture of "good enough" attainable, or is it something we can always see but are a fingertip short of being able to touch. Statistics show that around $549,000,000 is spent every year on self-help books. Everyone including myself is trying to figure out "how to become the best you that you can be". This does not just stop at our natural lives but also flows into our spiritual lives.
Throughout my life I have found myself battling with being a better "Christian" - one week I am confident in my relationship with God and others I feel as though I could be better. This goes beyond having a consistent prayer life and personal time studying and reading God's word. This is an internal struggle. Psalm 51:5 says, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." I believe that our sinful nature struggles with God's transformative, unwavering, and relentless grace. Our natural minds that are exposed to hurt, pain, rejection, anger, and grudges, have a hard time dealing with the fact that grace is a gift from Jesus. His love for us was so great that He decided to take it all, so we did not have to live with the feelings of not being "good enough."
Pastor Josh talked about how we can find ourselves trying to hoard or save our grace. Trying to save it for when we need it. "I was good this week so I didn't need to use it." The truth is His grace is sufficient and his mercies are new beyond every morning, but always. In hearing Pastor Josh's message I realized that no matter what happens, it has already been covered on the cross. He died for me so that I can always come to Him and know that I am not only "good enough" but loved unconditionally.
In this Easter season may the remembrance and the celebration of the greatest act of love that humanity will ever encounter not be taken in vain. Jesus endured the shame, guilt, pain, and insecurity. He paid the price, so we could walk in victory over it all. As Pastor Josh said "Our perspective needs to change." Through the renewing of our minds and intimacy with God, let Him love on you and reveal His identity, which is your identity, and which is always "good enough."
I am just thankful that His grace and love will stop at nothing to let us know that we are His own.