I often find God leads me to something, and then brings it up in a different area of my life. I'll read a random passage Sunday morning before church, and then my pastor ends up teaching on that exact verse. It's a beautiful way God shows up to get my attention on various truths.
This played out recently, I was reading a devotional with Revelation Wellness' CleanHearting challenge, and they were discuss how we are good. As I read it, my heart instantly wanted to fight this truth thinking to myself, "I know I'm not good.", I don't agree with this. However, I trust in the gospel-centered teaching of Revelation Wellness, so I've allowed the thought to stick around a little while longer compared to rejecting it all together.
See the thing is, I know I'm a sinner. I know I fail OFTEN. I pretty much know it's going to happen every day. I'm so aware of my failings that I know there is no way I can be good.
It was in the She Works His Way devotional, the following day, God spoke through his word to expand on this thought even further.
Song of Songs 4:7 - You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
Again, I read the verse and wanted to think to myself; this doesn't apply, they just want me to feel good about myself. This is just another self-esteem/self-help teaching not founded on God's word. My eyes were opened to how conditioned I am to reject this thought to the fact I'm good.
The truth of the matter, is there is some truth in my feelings.
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:25
I have sinned. I have fallen short. However, I end up closing the book there allowing myself to operate from the identity of a broken person who will never do things correctly. I believe the lie I need to focus on how flawed I am in order to be motivated to live out the life God is calling me to.
This couldn't be further from the truth and it isn't the gospel. Just because I close the book, doesn't mean the story ends. By God's grace, he keeps inviting to read on and to fully grasp the full good news story. God has no desire in me sitting in this broken identity as a sinner. The enemy, however, wants me to discredit the cross and close the book.
See when we read on, we get to hear this truth:
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The words, "become the righteousness of God" are easy to get lost in because the terminology doesn't resonate right away. However, when I break it down it simply means, in right standing because of Jesus. Or another way to put it, we are in the same position as Jesus when we put our hope and faith in him.
So yes, it's true. I'm broken and flawed. However, this isn't where my story ends because I have been redeemed, made new, and get to have a new identity which includes all that goodness I want to brush to the side. The thing is, that goodness didn't come easy or cheap. God paid the highest price for me to have this new identity. God bankrupted heaven to restore me into perfect standing before him! What good news I need to agree with!
So cherished daughter of Christ, you are altogether beautiful, and because of the blood of Jesus, there is no flaw in you. You may feel differently, but don’t let your story end there. Agree with the words of Jesus and walk out your faith from this beautiful place.
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