Fresh Hope – Day 326

As we approach Christmas, the yearly conversation has begun with my wife of how much we agree to spend on each other.

Under no circumstances do we go over this fixed ‘set in stone’ figure as it would render it a pointless spending-cap exercise; I then ignore the agreement, spend too much and so prove it to have been a pointless exercise.

We will go through the same ritual next year!

Often, we live our lives in this conditional, tit for tat, ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ mentality.

It makes sense…it’s fair and we want to be done to as we do to others.

When we first become a Christian, we are overwhelmed at not getting our just desserts!

Unfortunately, in our day-to-day lives, it’s very easy to lose sight of this and go back, as my wife and I do every year, trying to make it a fair exchange.

What do I need to do now the honeymoon period is over to earn God’s goodness in my life?

Let’s take a minute today to stop and remind ourselves of this amazing verse:

Romans 3.23-24 ‘All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins.’

You may have been a Christian for many years and feel you should be better than you are; you will never be good enough to deserve what He freely gives us, so stop with the feelings.

Romans 8.1 ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!’

He has already dealt with tomorrow’s failings, before we have even done them.

Now that’s not fair, it’s not tit for tat and we do not deserve it!

There is a famous analogy a well-known Theologian uses of Christians trying to earn God’s approval, he says it’s as if we are trying to get into a room which we are already in!

It’s too good to be true, and yet it is true!

We need to begin every day just being grateful for what He has done for us and live in the freedom He has given us to spread the good news to others.

This Christmas, let’s not waste emotion on the guilt of not being good enough, you are good enough because of what Jesus has done!

Remember, you are in the room. Enjoy it!

Luke Cartwright

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