John Curtis 7th & Beech Church of Christ
July 24, 2014
Our lives sometimes are a mess. We make wrong choices, make mistakes, wind up in horrible circumstances and get ourselves caught up in sin, serious sin. There is no way God could want us. Thankfully, that is not true. Yes, our lives can be a mess, but it is not true that God doesn’t want us.
Everyone sins and falls short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). When we sin, we separate ourselves from God (Isa. 59:1-2). What we deserve when we sin is death (Rom. 6:23). But, God has sent His Son into the world to die on the cross for our sins and extend to us eternal life (Jn. 3:16). The Bible, God’s Word, does not state that “He so loved His followers that He sent His Son.” It states that “He so loved the world.” That includes sinners. God does not wish that anyone perish, or spend eternity in hell (2 Pet. 3:9).
God’s enemies are even invited to receive salvation in Jesus Christ. In Acts 2:36-38, for example, the very ones that were responsible for Jesus being crucified on the cruel cross were invited to change their minds about Jesus and be baptized in His name for the remission of sins. Have you done something worse than seeing that the Son of God is slain in such a horrible fashion?
Saul of Tarsus, a staunch persecutor of Christians, was later called by the Lord to become a special servant. Saul was guilty of killing and imprisoning many of the Lord’s followers, yet the Lord chose him to become a special servant in His Kingdom. Have you been worse than Saul? Have you hurt the Lord more than he did? Saul accepted the Lord’s invitation and changed his life. He changed his mind about Jesus and he was baptized for the sins he had committed. Then he began proclaiming Jesus to others (Acts 9:1-20; 22:12-21).
Yes, God accepts anyone, in spite of his background, if he is willing to leave the world of sin behind and be cleansed by the blood of His precious Son. In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul acknowledged that some of them had been fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers and extortioners, but they no longer were because they had been washed, sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus and by the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
No one is worthy of salvation. But, God wants you. He loves you, sent His Son to die for you and calls you through the Gospel message.