So often I hear non-Christians or even actual Christians talk about their past as something that holds them back from seeking Jesus more. As if what you've done or who you've been can disqualify you from entering His kingdom. That your past indiscretions, sins and rebellion make you "unsaveable" and would permanently keep you from his loving grace. Nothing could be further from the truth! I wish I could walk around with a megaphone yelling this to everyone on a daily basis.. Well- I guess I could but then I'd look like a crazy person haha..
It makes sense though that we think like that. I mean that's how we treat each other right? If I hurt you, let you down or did something else against you- chances are you wouldn't want to deal with me. You'd be upset with me and want to give me a piece of your mind. Depending how serious of an offense it was you would probably never want to see or speak to me again. Am I right?
But God is NOT LIKE US. He is loving, forgiving and ready for us to acknowledge our wrongdoings and accept the beauty He has for us. He wants us exactly how we are right now because when He looks at us He sees his beautiful creation- the one he formed into existence and breathed his own breathe into. (Genesis 2:7)
How can I prove that God loves us? It's pretty simple and the most beautiful of love stories.
His son Jesus Christ.
I don't have children but I can't imagine any parent who would willingly send their Son to a fallen place full of sin and brokenness to save the "unsaveable". I don't know a parent who sees one of their children filled with sin and destruction and still sends their other child to go save them by dying a slow, painful and humiliating death. But that is what God did. He sent Jesus to save us, through his death JESUS paid the ultimate price for OUR sins- ALL OF THEM. The sins of those who lived before Him, during His time on earth and all who came after- including us.
How do we know that this all true?
We know this is true because the Bible tells us of what Jesus taught the people and His disciples. It shares with us His explanation of why He came and what He would do and go through. He told them:
He was delivered over to the hands of sinners (by one of his closest friends). He was crucified. By ALL accounts, on the 3rd day His tomb was empty. The price was paid.
So don't fear that you are not good enough or too ___ (insert negative adjective) or worse "unsaveable". God loves you- he formed you. He loves you - sent His son Jesus to save you. He loves you- Jesus died for you. He loves you- Jesus rose from the dead (don't get me started on how crazy it is for a human to rise from the dead!) and fulfilled His promise and kept His word.
Defying human thought and understanding, His love overcame. If you let Him he will take away the darkness in your life. If you only let His light shine in.
Michelle Perez (@mih_shell) is Co-Leader of The LIFT Project. She graduated from Florida Institute of Technology and owns Michelle Perez Events, an event planning and design company. She enjoys crafting, reading, traveling and helping others whether it's those in need or celebrating special lifetime moments.