We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
– William Shakespeare
Have you ever heard that nagging voice in your head and heart? The one that loves to speak negativity into your soul? That little whisper that reminds you of all the failures, the mistakes, the bad decisions? It’s daunting to consider all that we’ve screwed up, and if you’re anything like me, it’s a long list that fills up the page. We’re human, living in a broken world. It’s hard to choose to ignore that voice, because at times it feels like the voice is right about who we are.
It’s like a rusty anchor tied to the hope trying to bust out of your chest, that hope that longs to be more than you are. The part that wants to be a better husband, a better wife, a better parent, and a better follower of Jesus. The enemy knows exactly how to undermine your hope, and your own failures provide the ammunition. Looking for some good news? That voice can be silenced.
The great joy and reminder of the Gospel is this:
For all that call on the name of Jesus, not only is all of your sin slain at the Cross and overcome by the resurrection of Jesus, but the limitless, transformational power of a Holy God lives inside you.
If you are a follower of Jesus you serve a God that’s ready, willing, and able to do the impossible in you in order that He can do the impossible through you. Scripture says that it’s by grace alone that we’re saved (Eph. 2). The score-card of mistakes versus successes was never going to turn out well for any of us. You’ve never been good enough, and you can never be good enough to earn God’s salvation, so stop treating that like the metric of your hope. That’s the beauty of grace!
All the mistakes, the baggage, the guilt… a repentant and surrendered heart can be washed clean of those. The chains tying you down to that anchor can be loosed by the same Spirit of God that raised Jesus from the grave.
It’s not hard to realize that we’re broken people. We all have the capacity to be selfish, greedy, bitter, petty, and we’re living in a crazy world full of others just like us. But even in view of all the junk that tries to drag you down, there’s a profound hope found in Jesus. There’s hope that the God of the impossible is able to change us from the inside out, to transform that brokenness into beauty.
As we surrender to Him, remember that there are no bounds to His grace, or His desire to do the impossible in you and through you… no matter who you are or where you’ve been. We are painfully aware of the brokenness we all carry, but let us be reminded of the infinite goodness of a God that wants to guide our steps and use us for good, and for His glory. That grace affords us a chance to be made into a new creation, day by day. That’s good news!
We have the opportunity to choose. Continue holding on to the baggage and listen to the voice that seeks to hinder us, or let the grace of God do something special in and through us as we surrender to Him.
Who are you going to be?