Anonymous said: I'm a follower of Jesus, and lately I've just been feeling like a failure. I will pray and just be overwhelmed with all the things I didn't do well. I feel so guilty, like I'm not trying hard enough and that all I ever do is disappoint God. I'll do devotions and be so engaged and have a great mindset and know what God wants of me but then later it's almost as if I forget, and I let my emotions and selfishness take over. I don't know what to do anymore.
That’s the beautiful message of the Gospel. We all fall short of the glory of God, but Jesus loves and accepts you anyway. Your experience with failing God is not unique. We fail him every day in more ways than you and I even realize.
Here’s what you need to realize about God. He’s not interested in you following His law perfectly. He already knows that you won’t! What He wants is a relationship with you where you can be honest about yourself with Him, and you’re not constantly trying to prove yourself.
Check this out:
Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” - John 6:28-29
That’s it. You don’t need to work for God. Your debt has been paid! There is nothing left for you to do except to live in the freedom of Christ and spread this glorious message about Him!
Breathe deep! Sing loud! Smile at a new day! Your debt has been paid and it’s all because of Jesus!
Here’s what I want you to do every time you feel like you’re disappointing God. Thank God for what He did for you and for being the perfect Father that you need. Thank Him for freedom and grace.
Remember the prodigal son in Luke 15? The father didn’t demand his son to clean up his act. Instead, he rejoiced and threw a huge party on his return, and that’s all he cared about! So whenever you sin or fall short or simply feel unworthy, you MUST remember that your salvation and restoration with God does not rely on you, but on the work of Jesus. You are free, and God is waiting for you to acknowledge that. So instead of constantly looking down at yourself for being another imperfect human, look to the perfect Jesus who paid His own life for you!
After all, we are just bad Christians with a great Saviour.
God Bless and Much Love,