Philippians 2:12b-13 (NLT)Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Reading Philippians, this verse struck me for some reason. I feel so many believers hold to the misunderstanding that we have to be a certain way, strive to be “good enough” before we can ask God for forgiveness or into our lives at all. (Which is different than the desire to be good enough to enter the kingdom of heaven which is; a) unachievable; and, b) a whole different subject matter.) This misunderstanding is more like feeling the need to achieve a certain moral/righteous standard before we can even knock on the pearly gates.
That is ssooooo backwards. It would be akin to having the already finished pot say to the potter, “Okay, now you can begin to make me.”
God WANTS the raw lump of clay that is your old life!
God WANTS to be the master potter!
A good friend of mine put it this way:
“I think the “I need to get right before getting God” is the Devils way of deceiving folks from the truth of getting right with God by receiving Jesus as Lord and savior. We can’t come to the Lord when we’re good enough and clean enough. Because we will never BE good or clean enough. But when we’re forgiven and given the Holy Spirit, we begin to change out of gratitude . . . “
But let’s go a step further and break down the scripture even more . . . Continue reading “Getting Right Before Getting God”