Ephesians 2:4-5 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) CEV
One woman walked so downhearted, head lowered down, eyes puffed up because of crying, and steps seemed hopeless. I met her in the hallway and asked if I can help and she cried all the more, shaking in anger and disappointment. Then when she can muster to speak, she said, I have given my best but my best wasn’t good enough. At work she seemed hopeless, useless, worthless because her performance isn’t impressive and she’s in danger of losing her job and most of all, her dignity as she receive nasty messages and talks from the one above her in front of her collegues.
Life could be like that without Jesus. When we were still dead to our sins, we were a walking dead. We were lifeless, hopeless, and worthless. Whether we receive a high amount of salary, in high position, driving the best model car, living in a mansion, and the offer seemed best but STILL EMPTY. We do more and more and it becomes less and less.
But isn’t it so amazing that when we were still dead because of our sins, God knew what we exactly needed that He gave us life when He raised His son Jesus Christ from the dead. We messed up but instead of condemning us, He gave us mercy. We missed the mark, but instead of firing us to hell, He gave His Son. We lived hopeless but instead of giving insult to injury, He gave us hope. We gave up but Jesus never gave up, instead He was beaten, bruised, wounded, crowned with thorns, blood shed, and hands nailed.
It was the darkest moment in His followers life. The enemy thought that they have won. Nevertheless, before the enemy could blew their trumpet of victory, on the third day, God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus died for our sins and His resurrected life gave us life. Oh, Jesus gives us life. Jesus displayed a great victory on the cross of calvary.
And no matter what people said about us. No matter how worst they label us. No matter how terrible are their thoughts about us. Their voices isn’t the final authority. We had been redeemed, and God gave us dignity.
We messed up but God is so rich in mercy that our messes becomes a message for His glory.
Cheer up! You are in God’s mind.