My biggest battle as a Christian, is knowing what to do but feeling as though I cannot do it. As Paul says,
“For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” Romans 7:18
There’s a level of guilt I wrestle with. I think, “Why can’t I just get it together?! I should know better by now!” Maybe you can relate. Sometimes this guilt even keeps me from coming into the presence of God. I feel as though God won’t hear my prayers because of the things I’ve said and done. If you feel the same way, I want you to know you’ve been believing lies just as I have. The Bible is our source of truth, and truth says:
“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
Ephesians 3:12 NIV
Nowhere does it say, “You may only approach God if you didn’t sin today. You can come into the presence of God if you were patient with your kids, were a respectful spouse, shared the gospel, showed integrity at work, didn’t swear, and were perfect today.”
It says, “through faith in him.” Our faith is enough. Our sin makes us no less loveable, and our works make us no more loveable.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:6-8 NIV
We didn’t have to clean ourselves up for God to send Jesus to us—and we don’t have to clean ourselves up to call upon his name now. You are worthy because of what was done for you. Your faith is enough, his grace is enough!