Have you ever been asked this question,
“Would Jesus approve if he showed up?”
My response used to be feelings of fear, guilt, and shame. Let me give you a short synopsis of my thoughts….
He’d be so disappointed in me reading this tabloid magazine. I need to be reading the bible more.
He definitely wouldn’t approve of me browsing through facebook. I need to pray more.
He wouldn’t approve of me yelling at my kids. I need to be more patient.
He wouldn’t approve of what I talk about with my friends. I need to speak more of Gods word.
He wouldn’t approve of my tendency to be selfish. I need to give more.
He wouldn’t approve of how I use my time. I need to seek God first more.
He wouldn’t approve of my carnality. I need to walk in the spirit more.
I could go on and on and on.
In short, I’ve got the stamp of UNAPPROVAL.
Oh man. IF you say you haven’t been there, you’re lying.
Do you know how I know that?
This world is SO DESIGNED for you to KEEP WORKING at BEING GOOD ENOUGH. BE MORE. DO MORE. PRODUCE MORE.
This world is so designed at saying its OK to make mistakes, but THAN POINTING THE FINGER WHEN YOU MAKE THOSE MISTAKES.
But here’s the craziest thing EVER, Jesus says and will ALWAYS say, “I approve”
How? How is that even possible?
Did you know that if he showed up right now, in whatever you were doing at the moment, ( And even in your WORST MOST SELFISH MOMENTS, no joke) He’d want to reach out and show you his love?
He’d want to wrap his arms around you and give you a big hug?
He’d want to show you the nails in his hands and the thorns in his head that he got just for you?
He’d want to intercede for you and tell you ‘be not afraid, only believe?’
He’d want to spend time with you, show you God?
He’d want to show you how worth it you are to him?
He’d want to wipe away your dirtiness, and he’d wash your feet, kiss your face, hold you and not want to let go.
Friend. You are worth it. SO worth it. You are approved.
You are desired.
You are accepted.
You are worthy.
Romans 6:11 (NIV)
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
I’d like to leave you a link to a host of verses that expound on you who are (not based on what you do)