“The Messes We Make”
If you’ve raised children of your own or been around little ones of others, you know they are prone to make messes. How many times have you washed dirty faces and hands that were smeared with food, ice cream, candy, mud and sometimes things you couldn’t identify? The point is, the child made a mess and (depending on their age) you didn’t think anything of it. You simply cleaned them up along with the surrounding areas. Why did and do we do that? Because we love them. They are children and don’t know better. Eventually they will, but right now they are just learning how to walk. After all, they aren’t perfect.
Have you ever thought about God looking at you as one of His children as a parent looks at their child? The fact is, we may be reasonable mature adults, but we still make messes. We make bad choices, do stupid things, and often speak without thinking. Many believers get so tired of messing up, they turn their back on God feeling they can never live the Christian life. Here’s what you need to know. God isn’t waiting for you to perform perfectly. He’s looking for HEARTS that are turned perfectly toward Him. Our spiritual life is a journey. We’re learning to walk with God. Each day brings a whole new set of blessings mixed with challenges. Some challenges are difficult and not always are we up to the task. We fail, sometimes miserably. Please understand, I’m not offering excuses for bad behavior or committing sin over and over. The fact is, God is working on us. We are the clay and He is the potter. Hopefully this will encourage you.
God is for you, not against you. If you have sincerely asked Him to forgive your sins, have faith He has done so. If you were serious about repentance, He is serious about forgiveness. God is pleased with you – NOT because you are perfect or do everything right, but because your eyes are on Him. Your innermost desire is to walk with Him and as you do, you will learn more about Him. The more you learn the more you will be changed becoming more and more like Him. God forgives us when we don’t deserve it. He doesn’t condemn us or find fault. Mary the prostitute dumped perfume on Jesus and the disciples criticized her. This persons’ performance might have been bad, but Jesus knew her heart and didn’t condemn her. God’s grace is greater than your worst sin. Turn your eyes and heart toward Him. He loves you with an everlasting love. He will continue to clean up your messes as long as you are doing your best to walk with and serve Him. Like the little child, soon he or she will learn to clean up their own messes and it’ll be a great day when the messes get fewer and fewer. That’s a description of your spiritual life. Don’t let Satan defeat you. Keep your eyes focused on the Lord and keep walking toward Him.