Are We Worthy?
Daily Bible Reading – Job 23, 24; Mark 11, 12
Today’s Key Passage – Job 23:1-10
For most of the Book of Job, Job’s “friends” accuse him of being a sinful man. They argue repeatedly that God is punishing Job for his sins. Job, however, knows that he is righteous before God. In today’s key passage, Job wishes that he could only stand before God to defend himself, because he is confident that God would find him blameless. He knows that given the opportunity, he would be, “delivered forever from [his] judge” (23:7) and would, “come forth as gold” (23:10).
We will all face God someday. I recently read somewhere that the mortality rate in the world is currently 100%. Everyone will die at some point, and everyone will have to face God to answer for all of the things they have done in their lives. The hope is that when we stand before God on our final judgment day, He will say to us “Well done, good and faithful servant”, but I think a lot of people have doubts.
I have spent much of my life constantly facing these doubts. I always worried that I was not worthy. I worried that on the Day of Judgment, God would take one look at me and remember all of the bad things I had done in my life. I worried that He would see me as a terrible sinner, and would proceed to name every one of the sinful things I ever thought, said, or did. I worried that at the end of the list (which I am quite sure would take a while to get through) He would say to me, “I am sorry, but you just were not good enough and I cannot let you into Heaven”. I feared this day, and I repeatedly begged God to have mercy on me.
Then I realized that my thinking was seriously flawed. In fact, my thinking was downright unfaithful. I was calling God a liar. See, God makes it very clear in His Divine Word that this is not the way it works. My salvation has nothing to do with my works on Earth. The moment I declared Jesus as the Lord of my life and invited Him into my heart, I was saved. From that second on, my salvation was secured. I no longer had to worry about “if” I would go to Heaven. God’s Word says that is guaranteed! While I certainly deserve for God to look at me as a terrible sinner, instead when He looks at me all He sees is the perfection of Jesus. He sees me through the “rose-colored glasses” of the blood of Christ. I am saved by His grace. I am saved by what He did. It has nothing to do with what I have done or not done.
We are all tempted at one time or another to feel guilty for what we have done in the past. We are all tempted to feel that we are not worthy. The simple truth is that none of us are actually worthy on our own, but by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, He has declared us as worthy. When we come to the realization that we can absolutely believe what God has said and we have complete faith and trust in Him, we can finally leave all of our doubts about our worthiness at the Cross of Christ and feel secure in our salvation. What a wonderful day that is indeed.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.