I am a sinner. Wow, that felt good to get off my chest. But wait, we all were sinners once and there are times when we continue to be so after the saving receiving salvation. Does that mean that I'm not saved or that God doesn't love me? Do I need to fix my life before I come to Christ? The doubter should have been my title during the my youth. Much how we hear about doubting Thomas in scripture who literally needed to see the risen Christ in order to believe that He had risen.
Haven't you felt that tingle in the back of your neck and you feel that you aren't good enough to know God. The lies that we believe before and after we are saved are that we need to earn our salvation. I will tell you that there is nothing that you can do. Not sure how many times I have said this to myself, but I know that the number must be staggering by now. We are all sinners folks, remember that, but that does not disqualify us for salvation it makes us qualified. Who would have ever dreamed up the concept that through fault we are made eligible for anything. There aren't too many people walking into work after messing up a big project and get called into the bosses office to get a big promotion as a result. That doesn't happen. Then why do we suddenly receive a huge gift like salvation for our sins when we didn't do anything. Simple. He loved us so much that He doesn't want us to be separated from Him. Also, it shows that there is nothing that we could have done to earn it, because Christ was the only one who could make it right between us and the Father.
"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:11-12 ESV)
They rejected Him, but we receive Him and are saved by Him alone.
"Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 5:18-21 ESV)
When I think on those words from Paul I am inspired to know that there is no one else who could have saved me but Him and by that He chose me to be His own. When you are picked to do something important how does that make you feel? Do you feel discouraged or encouraged? Of course you are encouraged because it makes you feel honored out of everyone around you to know that you got chosen. Then after you cant help but talk about everything that happened to you and the important people you met as a result. We should feel the same when we are chosen by Christ. We been given the honor to dwell in the house of The Lord and we should be encouraged to spread the news of what we have heard and seen with everyone we meet.
However, we are discouraged. We see the world hating everything that Christ and we stand for, so we doubt and step back from the news that we have received. We hide the gift and don't talk about it. I'm a huge culprit of this problem and my quiet personality does not help. I'm not necessarily the one to start shouting at the top of my lungs or talk to everyone I meet about Christ. I should but I don't.
"Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!" (Psalm 32:11 ESV)
Maybe it's time that we started changing our actions towards the news we have received. The book of Psalms has many verses that are both inspiring and poignant about the praise we should have in our hearts and lives towards the Lord. We sing songs of joy because our hearts at exiled with His unending and abounding love. How will you show the love He has given to a world that has rejected Him? If the world hates us, then I think that we need to start showing less of ourselves and more of Him.