Have you ever felt that you didn’t measure up as a Christian?
You think, there’s no way that God could just forget how bad I was?
I can’t even seem to forgive myself, how could God?
You keep trying to do all the right things, but it just feels like you can’t do enough to bring satisfaction.
You just can’t seem to work hard enough to get God’s approval.
You can stop performing for Gods approval. When you receive the free gift that Jesus offers you, you are approved before God in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:4-7 tells us that, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
It’s Okay, You Can Stop Performing Now
I want to tell you today that you can stop performing. Because the reason you’re having so much problem feeling accepted is because your focus is on you. You keep thinking that his approval has something to do with you and your performance – how generous you can be, how many hours you volunteered, how long you prayed, or how many verses you read.
But Paul, the man who persecuted the church in his day by hunting them down and sending them to jail and who also was associated with Stephens’ murder, tells us in Ephesians that it’s all about what God the father did through his son Jesus.
Now think about this, if anyone should have struggled with feeling accepted and forgiven it was Paul. But he understood that it was God’s good pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, to freely give us in Jesus redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of His grace.
So you can rest assured that once you are in Christ you are forgiven and accepted because of God’s grace, not your performance. Now you can stop performing for God’s approval and start performing from God’s approval.