Salvation is heavy. Your salvation, your forgiveness–it weighs a lot. Its so easy to begin to see our sins as our definition. Its easy to look in the mirror and see everything that YOU have done, rather than everything that HE has done. If we let ourselves be defined by the sin and brokenness in our life, we will never live in glory that God has intended us to live in with Him.
Its a choice. Its an easy choice.
When we say “I’m not good enough” or “I don’t think Jesus ever should have died for me” or “I’m just not feeling saved today,” not only is that deeply wrong, its painful for God to hear. You ARE enough, you ARE saved, and who are you to decide if Jesus should have died for you?! He did die for you, end of story. It’s already been done. When we think that way, we are minimizing the amazing sacrifice that Jesus paid for us on the cross. He put that crown of righteousness on our heads and said “you are worthy. You are saved. You are more than worth dying for.” He put that crown on our head, so who are we to take it off!
God is God over all. He knows what He is doing. He didn’t have to do any of what He did for us. But He chose to because we are His inheritance. We are His beloved. We were bought at a heavy price so that we would no longer have to define ourselves by our past sin and failure and pain. We can now see ourselves as we really are. Loved by the Father and covered in grace and mercy. He bought us with His own precious blood, the blood of the only perfect human, the blood of His holy Son. It wasn’t cheap. It was the greatest love ever, spent all on us.
So let’s start living loved. Because we are so deeply loved by the one who truly matters, and I don’t think we grasp the magnitude of that. That crown was set on your head by the Lord, and no one–not even yourself–has the right to take it off. Wear it with joy and confidence. You are loved so heavily.
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as gold or silver that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
1 PETER 1:18-19