Christianity 201

July 5, 2014

If You Feel You’re Not Good Enough

Since discovering the Gordon Rumford’s website, I’ve used his material a few times here. The website really resonates with me. This article, which I’m including today because simply, you never know who is surfing the internet, appeared a few days ago under the title which you can click to read the article at source.

You Cannot Out Sin God’s Grace

“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house,
many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples,
for there were many who followed him.”
Mark 2:15 NIV

“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” Mark 2:16-17 NIV

Various times over the years I have had a broken person in my office who was persuaded they had out sinned God’s grace.

In one case a devoted Christian woman recalled her past life of sin and the several abortions she had because of unwanted pregnancies. She now saw that she had taken the lives of unborn babies and simply could not believe that God would forgive such willful acts of sin.

Another man had fought the battle of the bottle unsuccessfully.

He had heard the Gospel preached many times by one of Canada’s most eloquent preachers in the twentieth century, Dr. T.T. Shields. Over the years of sitting under such powerful preaching he had steadfastly refused the invitations tenderly given to come to Jesus and be delivered from sins’ consequences. He told me again and again, “Gordon it is too late for me.”

My tearful response to the man was that it is never too late to turn to Jesus. I used the story of the repentant thief who received the gift of eternal life while dying on the cross (Luke 23:39-43).

These and others were urged by me to seek the Lord and His forgiveness regardless of how great or how many sins were committed by them. My usual statement to such people is, “You cannot out sin God’s grace.”

Somehow certain people seem to think their sins are too great for God to handle. The woman of whom I wrote found peace with God. Alas, I think the poor man I mentioned needlessly died in his sin. Read the following words:

Come, you sinners, poor and wretched, Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready waits to save you, Full of pity, love and pow’r:
He is able, He is willing, doubt no more.

Let not conscience make you linger, Nor of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requires Is to feel your need of Him:
This He gives you, Tis the Spirit’s rising beam.

Come, you weary, heavy laden, Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better, You will never come at all:
Not the righteous, Sinners Jesus came to call.

The author of these words was a man named Joseph Hart. In his own words he described himself as follows, “a loose backslider, an audacious apostle, and a bold-faced rebel.” He was in his forties when the Lord caught up with him and dramatically turned his life around 180 degrees. The second half of his life was spent writing hymns and preaching the Gospel.

If today you are struggling with the sins of your past—never, never think you can out sin God’s grace. The Lord is willing, ready, and able to rescue you from the worst of sins and start you on a journey that ends in heaven itself with Himself. Will you come today and receive His free and full salvation? He waits for you. Come, and come today. You cannot out sin God’s grace.

You don’t have to clean up to be part of God’s family. We are a community of the broken. Like the poem above says, if you wait until conditions are “right” to come to Christ, it will never happen.  So why not make today the day?  If you’d like to go to the next step, click this link.