I am absolutely floored. I don’t know what to do with myself at this moment. I’ve been wrecked by the Gospel…. again. A fresh, new revelation of the vastness of Christ’s love has poured over me this morning. So I want to share it with you.
“He made the one that did not know sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
When a person gets saved a process of sanctification happens afterward. Sanctification is another way of saying a person is changed over time through reading Gods word and listening to His voice. This is a great thing. It’s what the Bible calls us to once we are believers.
If we’re honest, I think a lot of Christians can get “so sanctified” that we are disgusted by the darkness of the world. That isn’t wrong. The Lord tells us not to walk in darkness and hate what He hates. Though, if we aren’t careful we can start to turn our noses to the people and not the sin.
This can look like refusing to talk to an addict because they still struggle with addiction.
it can be not going near a homeless person because they “may have” done something wrong to get there.
It can be turning our nose up to an angry, foul mouthed crowd at a football game.
In all these situations, since we have been changed & made aware of how bad these things are, we move away from the people who haven’t, instead of towards them to share the love of Christ.
Today, I was shook. (To use a trendy word from my generation.) I was shook over how opposite our response to “sinners” can be compared to Jesus.
Jesus is perfect. He knew NO SIN. He did not have to be saved, rescued or helped. He was and is literally perfect. Now, can you imagine having no record of wrong in your past. Literally nothing nagging you in the back of your mind or guilt wrecking your heart and walking around your hometown with people who do nothing but evil?
Just imagine that for a second.
Day after day He walked around in filth. The filth of our choices and disobedience. The darkness that wrecked the perfect world He made. YET, He abstained from it. AND He never threw His holiness in our face! He never used His holiness as a reason to avoid us.
The mind blowing thing is, He used His holiness to draw us to Himself and out of our sin!!!!!
“He knew no sin, SO THAT in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
I mean…. are you kidding me? The One who really could turn up His nose and call us vile and gross, didn’t? The One who truly had a reason to separate Himself from everyone else to avoid being defiled by them, didn’t?
So what did He do? He called us OUT OF sin, showed us love and gave us a new identity instead of labeling us as our darkness ( I. E. “Addict”, “whore”, “thief”, “jerk”, “gay”)
He says “See what great love the Father has given us that we should be CALLED Gods Children! And we are!” 1 John 3:1
Wow. Jesus moves toward us in our filth. He got His hands dirty so He could make us clean. He used His holiness not as something to remind us Of how disgusting we are, but as a tool to show us who we were made to be.
This is so good! God doesn’t turn his nose up to you and I. He loves us no matter what. There is nothing we can do to separate ourselves from His love. It’s that deep and that rich! He is so good.
I hope these words will unshackle you from guilt and shame today. I pray they inch you closer to the heart of the Father. If you don’t know Jesus at all and want to…. reach out to me. I’d be happy to discuss it more with you and walk you through making that decision!
You are loved! ❤️