One of the feelings so many Christians live with is the feeling like we are letting God down. We feel we are disappointing God in our actions and our thoughts. If only we could be a bit better and a bit more like the super christian we know in our youth group, bible study church, etc. then God would be pleased with us.
The only problem with this way of thinking is that it confuses my sanctification with my justification. When I think this way I am thinking that God accepts me (justification) because of how I am progressing as a Christian (sanctification). The point of the gospel is that you and I are right with God by grace alone not by anything we have done and we are not only right with God but also we are adopted as his children and he delights in us.
There is one day when we will know that God is pleased with us and delights in us. C.S. Lewis gives us a window to look into this day:
It is written that we shall “stand before” Him, shall appear, shall be inspected. The promise of glory is the promise, almost incredible and only possible by the work of Christ, that some of us, that any of us who really chooses, shall actually survive that examination, shall find approval, shall please God. To please God…to be a real ingredient in the Divine happiness…to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son—it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is.
C.S Lewis The Weight of Glory
You are loved by God, He delights in you like an artist his painting or a father his child. That is your standing before God and it is only by grace alone. One day, when you see God face to face, he will say to you “Well done good and faithful servant.” It is on that day that God delighting in you will be fully realised!
So walk away with your heart full knowing that, if you trust in Jesus, God loves and delights in you!
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