I kind of went into talking about this in another article, VOTD: Double Shrug…, which was about being complacent. This one’s basically going to be about the “labor of religion”. I just felt in my heart that I should talk about this a little bit more because I see it and hear it all the time.
I’ll start off with a verse I was reading in the Bible this morning in Matthew 5. In my opinion, Matthew 5 is lit. There’re all kinds of nuggets of information and encouragement. That’s where I go sometimes when I’m on edge, or want to know how God feels on certain issues. So right after the BEattitudes, Jesus starts talking about the law. He talks about how He’s not going take away the law, but rather keep it. You see, there were several people who followed Jesus thinking He was going to overthrow the government, and implement His own. He said this to clarify that He’ll only be there a little while, to make the sacrifice, and then return home. After that, He keeps it real by saying that basically anyone who teaches about what’s wrong, and then does what’s wrong, shouldn’t be teaching at all. Later on in the gospel, He calls leaders out for their hypocrisy, saying that they’re misguiding people with their set of unreachable standards. They were making people think that you had to give a certain amount of money to the church, or look a certain way to be close to God, which is absolutely not true.
Let me make it very clear. It doesn’t matter how you look or how much money you give or how much you read your Bible, you will ALWAYS be good enough for God. There’s proof of this in Luke 21:1-4, “And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God,[a] but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” It was never about money for God. He’s not trying to steal from you or make you perfect. There’s no way that any of us can be perfect. If you have 50 tattoos and 7 piercings on each ear, you’re still enough for God. If you have a dollar to your name and you’re living on someone’s couch, you’re good enough. If you done every sin imaginable on this earth, you STILL good enough for God. He will never stop pursuing you for a relationship. Religion makes it so that only people who fit the “status quo” will get into heaven. Jesus came to take the “sucker punch” out of “religion’s fist” and hold people to a new standard. Grace.
So if you struggle with feeling unworthy, or you’ve been pretending to go along with other Christians without really committing, just know that you don’t have to. I’m here to tell you that even though God wants us to stop sinning, His grace is immeasurable. There’s no one right way to be a Christian. We’re all different. We all look different and communicate in different ways. If you have someone in your life telling you that you have to act a certain way to be a Christian, but you’ve given your heart to God, you’re doing it right. Ask Him to get rid of those insecure places in your heart, so that you can feel free to be yourself without fear of judgement. That’s one of the most important goals you could ever have in this life. So I hope you guys got something out of this little blog today. Share this article with someone else that you think needs it and spread the love. I hope you guys have a fabulous AND blessed rest of the week. Keep pressing on!
P.S., this is how God sees you:
Or this if you’re a guy: