Not Condemned

Romans 8:1; John 3:17-18a; 1 Peter 1:13-16

You didn't do enough. You didn't finish the job. You didn't get to that project on your list. You are not good enough. Sure, maybe I got "this" done, but I didn't get "that" done (you fill in the blanks for what you didn't do.) Maybe I was consistent for several days in putting aside time to spend with God in His Word, but my prayer time was more sporadic. I might have chosen healthy eating patterns, but I didn't exercise. I can't. I can't get it all done. I'm not capable. I'm not good enough. These kinds of thoughts can plague all of us at one time or another. We don't even need to compare ourselves to others. A comparison of myself to myself finds me lacking enough.

What is missing from all those moments is God's view of who we are. "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1, ESV). We are not condemned! The only One allowed to judge and condemn our sin chooses not to because we have been redeemed. Even more so, we are not condemned for the tiny non-sinful details that we pull up in our minds over and over. This means we are not judged by our task list or the checkmarks (or lack thereof) by completed items.

This in no way negates our very real responsibilities of personal discipline, our heart attitudes, doing the job God has given us, etc. It does not entitle us to laziness, not free us from viewing our sinfulness in light of God's holiness and dealing with it accordingly. God has called us to a life that pleases Him. In the daily moments of parenting, showing love to our spouses, reaching out to someone from church, stopping to pray for victory over a struggle instead of lashing out, investing in a Bible study - these moments complete the overarching need for us to glorify God with our lives.

We cannot be perfect. There will always be something we don't get done. But we can strive to be holy. "But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct" (1 Peter 1:15).

Grace Peters



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Wausau, WI  54403

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