So many times in this life we want to be right more than anything else. We know best. We want to prove our point is the correct one. (the prideful righteous)
Too often we get caught up in dwelling on our past mistakes. We failed. We’ll never be good enough so why try. (the unredeemable sinner)
Neither of these positions is how Jesus wants us to be.
It can be hard to change our habits sometimes based on how we grew up. Some of us grew up in the church. Others of us far from it. The basics of Christianity do not change either way – we must be repentful and believe in Jesus as the one God sent as the Savior for our sins. But other than that, our life and purpose on this earth has more to do with our relationship with others, showing God’s love, and forgiving others. It is in those things that we are most like Jesus, the one we follow and believe.
The problem with the first position (the prideful righteous) is that we put “our” being right above the relationship with others. We might think we’re helping, but we fail to trust God in His ultimate plan, timing and direction. And if we choose not to fully forgive someone in the process of being right (not just forgive on the surface but also in our hearts and actions), then anger and bitterness can spread to others like a wildfire out of control. Our kids see it, other family members are affected, and on and on.
The problem with the second position (the unredeemable sinner) is that we are not fully believing in who God really is. God does not condemn us the way society does. God is ready to offer mercy and grace to anyone who asks for it in their heart. Anyone. No matter what. Good or Bad. “Whosoever believes.” It seems ultimately fair, and yet a little unfair when viewed through the eyes of our world. We think those of us that are “good” have a better standing with God. After all, we’ve tried all our life. We resisted sin. Well, at least the big ones anyway. But God is fair to all. Anyone can be saved. We are all equally valuable and wonderfully made by God.
~ Matthew 20:29-21:10 Who is Jesus ~
Jesus upset both positions – the righteous and the sinner. Jesus changes lives. The crowds may say keep quiet, stay in your place, but Jesus says differently. Let Jesus take the burden and then let Him work out the rest. All He asks you in return is to have faith in Him to works things out, to love others and to forgive. Oh, and don’t forget to forgive yourself too – Jesus already has.