Saturday, August 04, 2007
I was reminded of an amazing truth as I read my little devotional yesterday. It is something I need to be reminded of occasionally because I am the sort of person who seems to get easily caught up in a "works mentality". I tend to measure my worth by what I have done.
I was always the little girl who wanted approval - to be thought of as a good girl. It mattered very much to my little girl heart that everyone like me. I still retain much of that little girl inside this grownup body. I want so much for everyone to approve of me - and the One topping that list is the Lord. I want to please Him with all my heart. That desire often leads me down the path of good works - attempting to do all I can to insure that I am loved and accepted.
Then yesterday I read these words: "What a comfort to know His acceptance of us does not depend on our performance! Always remember that our great worth and value comes from the price Jesus paid for our lives.
'But (you were purchased) with the precious blood of Christ, the
Messiah, like that of a (sacrificial) lamb without blemish or spot'
I Peter 1:19 (AMP)
The worth of an object is measured by the price paid. What does that statement tell us about our worth?" (Darien Cooper)
My heart breathed a refreshing sigh of relief. There is nothing I can do to make myself more valuable in His eyes. When God looks at me, He sees His perfect Son. I am clothed in His righteousness - without blemish or spot. What I do, I do with a grateful heart because I love Him so very much - not to earn His approval.
I needed to be reminded of that. And He very gently and tenderly did.