We can be hard on ourselves. After all, we are taught, by this world of ours, to be always looking for ways to improve—because we are never good enough. Get in shape. Be more productive. Get better informed.
Most of us are a million miles from imagining that we are ever okay, just as we are, right now. Most of us are a million miles from knowing how to be kind and merciful to ourselves.
In this message, Holy Spirit told us that He is much more concerned with being with us, loving us, than assessing whether or not we are meeting some worldly definition of a worthy person. It is Jesus’ love that ultimately transforms us into the people we are made to be—not a diet, not a degree, not a paycheck. But if we don’t believe this, then we spend our days striving or self-medicating. We spend our days trying to prove to ourselves, trying to prove that we are worth more than we believe we are, or by numbing the pain of believing we are not.
Dear friend, this is really common. And it’s not kingdom living. It is not the kind of life Jesus offers.
The apostle Paul encouraged us: “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups.” That’s 2 Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 5.
This is important. But you might be thinking, “I’m good. I follow Jesus. My faith is solid.”
But the way we live our everyday lives, the way we order and approach the tasks that fill an average and ordinary day will reveal exactly where we are with Jesus, the real state of our faith in Him—and oftentimes that revelation can surprise us.