and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.
A great way the devil has found a way to fill the hearts of those blessed by so much with discontentment is with the lie of “you aren’t good enough.” We have so much to be grateful for in this era of technology while living in a country where we can go to church on a Sunday without persecution, and most of us live in a class where we don’t worry about our home or food. And yet, we have found a way to be sad.
This day and age has given birth to an era of comparison that is easily accessible, hard to validate, and altogether painful. In an era of social media where even your professional life is on display on LinkedIn it is so easy to get caught in the trap of “I’m not qualified. I didn’t go to school as long as she did, I didn’t grow up in the environment that he grew up in, my clothes don’t look as nice as hers, my vocabulary isn’t as big as his…” the list of things we say to ourselves could go on.
Here’s the good news: What we say to ourselves doesn’t have as much finality as what God says of us. And He has qualified us to be His beloved–just like that.
This comes back to Salvation being a free gift that we could not purchase or win with works. It just is what it is–and it’s great.
Are you having difficulty embracing the free gift of grace and God’s immediate qualification for you to inherit the Kingdom of God? If so, could you reach out to a friend? Is there a sin that’s weighing you down? Confession is good for the whole church body (see James 5:16). Is your past making it difficult to accept this? Or something else?
I highly encourage you all to find at least one friend of faith with whom you can have real conversations, read and analyze the Bible at your own pace, and openly talk about the difficulties and joys of being a believer. Open up to them about what’s happening in your life and allow this friend to walk with you, allow them to pick up some of that burden and carry it with you.
As a church and a family we are not alone. If you feel lonely, please reach out.
Blessings to you today as you meditate on today’s verse,