In our society, we’re always having to work for what we want. Most things aren’t for free, they require work and effort to acquire. It’s safe to say, a lot of us have fallen into the mindset of always needing to do something in order to receive something.
Making ourselves worthy of receiving something good does not and cannot work in the Christian faith.
The greatest gift we are offered is that of salvation and nothing, absolutely nothing we do can earn us that gift. Why? Simply because, it is a gift.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast"
The salvation we are offered means rescue from hell, no condemnation for our sin whatsoever, and the promise of spending eternity in Heaven with God after our lives on earth are done.
This is too great an offer, surely something must be required on my part!
But no, the truth is…
God’s love for us is the only thing that makes us worthy of receiving this.
Only by grace can we become free.
This is something we can’t work for or come up with for ourselves, only God can make us clean, only He can take away all our faults and sins. Only He can make us worthy of being called His children and being recipients of His grace.
God knows full well who each of us are in life. He knows all our shortcomings and wrongdoings. He knows all the thoughts we’ve ever had and He knows all the bad things we’ve done and said. He knows we’re not perfect, and He comes to us with His grace and salvation exactly as we are.
We may feel completely unworthy and underserving of salvation (which is true apart from Christ), but God loved us enough to provide a way for our salvation from eternal death, and that says a lot of how valuable He thinks we are.
We need not live in shame or guilt. We need not feel worthless, because God renews us upon receiving Him into our lives, He takes away all our sins. No matter what we’ve done, we are made new in Christ. Our worthiness comes from Him, our identity now comes from Him and not the world.