Have you noticed that people tend to live according to someone else’s standards? How about you? Have you ever tried measuring up to the expectations of others only to fall short? Just the thought of failing can be an overwhelming thought, which can lead to living a life that continuously seeks man’s approval.
In today’s scripture, the plain and simple truth is that everyone is guilty of sin no matter how “righteous” one may think they are. In God’s eyes, no man is better than the other, just as the Jews were not better than the Gentiles (Romans 3:9). Even at our very best, we still fall short of the glory of God.
For this reason, God sent His Son Jesus to take the punishment for our sins. We are made right with God because of His shed blood. He saved us not because of any good works or moral character, but because of His grace and mercy. This gives us great confidence and assurance that our merciful God accepts us no matter how flawed and dysfunctional we are. All He asks is that we come to Him with a contrite heart and in genuine sorrow of our sins. In doing so, we model after the heart of God. So, as you go about your day, remember with Jesus in your life, you ALWAYS measure up, faultless and blameless before the throne!
Living for Jesus,