DayBreaks for 5/08/17: Don’t Let Being Human Stop You
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2007:
One of the most frustrating things that I hear is people who say, “I hope I’m good enough to go to heaven.” Of course, the corollary to it is: “I’m afraid I’m not good enough to go to heaven.” Those statements drive me nuts. Of course you’re not good enough to go to heaven! None of us are good enough…but that doesn’t mean we won’t go there, thanks to the grace and mercy of God and the sacrifice of the Savior!
Grace. What a wonder it is, and how little we believe in it! For those of us who grew up in grace-challenged environments, when the first breath of grace blows through the soul it is like a world that has been dead and frozen for so long has suddenly thawed! It reminds me of the scene in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe where spring finally breaks in Narnia after a long, long time. The warmth of the sun is once again felt, the buds open, the flowers appear and the birds sing once again. Grace. How little we know of it!
Our world is not fond of grace. Our world is more than happy, thank you very much, to point out on a constant basis the failures and faults in our lives. At work you probably hear more about what you’ve done wrong than what you’ve done right. At school, they mark up your papers with your mistakes, not your successes. And if you don’t hear it from other folks, there’s that nagging little voice inside your head that says something like this: “I knew you couldn’t do it. You’re not much good for anything are you? You can’t even do the simplest things right, can you? Why don’t you just give up and quit?” I’ve heard that voice…I’ve had the conversation with myself many, many times.
In Hearing God, Dallas Willard wrote: “The humanity of Moses, David and Elijah, of Paul, Peter and Jesus Christ himself – of all that wonderful company of riotously human women and men whose experience is recorded in the Bible and in the history of the church teaches us a vital lesson: our humanity will not by itself prevent us from knowing and interacting with God just as they did.”
Do you think that Moses, David, Elijah, Paul and Peter never made it to heaven? They were just every bit as human as you and I. But no one I know thinks that any of those folk are not in heaven. They’re not there because they were better than anyone else, because they weren’t “too bad” to go, or because they were “good enough.” There will be a lot more Bob’s, Mary’s, Jane’s and Joe’s in heaven than Moses, Peter or Paul. And they won’t be there because they’re better, or even as good, as Moses, David and Elijah. They, like those great names mentioned earlier, will be there because God loves them and they put their trust in His promised son, Jesus. That’s the only basis for anyone to get there. Stop hoping and wishing that you were better so you could “get there.” Start practicing your belief in God’s promises!
John 18:9 (NLT) – He did this to fulfill his own statement: ‘I have not lost a single one of those you gave me.’
PRAYER: Father, we listen to the subtle whisperings of the enemy far more than we do to You. We believe his words of condemnation rather than live in Your victorious grace. May we become people who trust more in Your Word than in the voices in our head. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.