If you’re driven to be successful or at least have an appreciation for success, then the gospel will be very good news for you. The gospel reminds you that you cannot be good enough on your own, though many of you try. “For all sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Yet, even in your sins, God invites you to seek first His righteousness.
And when you seek God’s righteousness, something amazing happens… He gives it to you! “God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). Martin Luther called this the “wonderful exchange,” in which Jesus takes your sins upon Himself and in their place, gives you His own righteousness that you could never achieve yourself. All you have to do is give your sins to Jesus through personal confession and trust, by faith, that He has removed them and cleared the way for you to be close to God.
Let’s be a faith* family who confesses well and lives in the presence of God, no longer trying to earn His favor, but living in the reality of His favor. God’s presence will help you live better and more refreshed. This past Sunday, we looked at the refreshment that comes from a God-first simplicity, that is to seek God first so that what you do and don’t do is based on your identity in Christ and the focus that He gives to your life. We’ll take another refreshing step this Sunday after a week in His harvest field. See you then!