Out of ten, ten being awesome and 1 being terrible, rate yourself as a Christian.
Go on, you don’t have to tell anyone, just keep it to yourself.
Some of you are thinking “I havent read my Bible in ages I am around 3 if that!”
Some of you are thinking “I am going terribly. I am I am struggling with a particular sin. I will give myself a 1!”
If Jesus was going to give you a score out of ten what would he give you?
Here is the answer:
If you trust him he would score you 10 our of 10!
Yes, that is right 10 our of 10!
See when Jesus looks at you he sees you as perfect because he has taken the punishment you and I deserve and he has taken away all our guilt and shame. And he gives you and I his righteousness. This is grace. It is a free gift we don’t deserve.
Don’t base whether you think you are right with God on how you are doing. Because that in confusing your justification (being right with God) with your sanctification (growth in holiness).
You are right with God through through faith in Jesus alone by grace alone.
As Bryan Chapell says:
“The natural tendency of all believers is to base our estimation of our justification on our personal progress in sanctification. We estimate whether we are okay with God on the basis of how we did today. Were we good enough? Did we fail to honor our ideals? Did we hurt anyone or break any commandments? Because Jesus died and rose again on our behalf, we are cleansed of our sin and reconciled to God. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom 8:1), and we progressively live for God in the confidence that we are in union with his life and power solely on the basis of what he has fully and finally accomplished on the cross (Gal 2:20). Our experience of his blessings, pleasure, and nearness still relies on our obedience, but the reality of our relationship is not and never was based on our goodness.”
Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, 291-292
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