Not Good Enough
Note: Today’s reading is Hebrews 2. Go ahead and read that then come back here for the devo.
I want to keep it very short and simple today. Repeat after me: “I am not good enough to be accepted by God.” Say it again. “I am not good enough to be accepted by God.” I don’t care if you work the nursery every Sunday and always catch up with the sermon online afterwards. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been on 3 mission trips per year since you were 4 years old. Your elderly neighbor, who’s yard you cut every summer, may say, “He’s a real swell guy!” But still, just say it, “I am not good enough to be accepted by God.”
“For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”
Hebrews 2:2–3a ESV
The reality is, we have all fallen short of God’s perfect and glorious righteousness. Every transgression or disobedience receives a just punishment. We are left with one option. Receive the great salvation offered to us by Jesus! I love these two little verses because they are so simple. My paraphrase: “It turns out that it’s true that Jesus has already been punished for every wrong YOU have ever done or will ever do. Since you’ve done a lot of sinful things, you better take him up on his offer of grace!” OK, don’t go writing that in your bible on top of these inspired verses, but that’s the gist of what the author is saying. You are not good enough to be accepted by God, and yet he is accepting you in Jesus!
I’ll let Paul Tripp close us out better than I can:
“So abandon hope in your own righteousness. Abandon the delusion that somehow you can measure up. Run to the place where hope can be found and throw yourself again today on the grace of Jesus. He did what you could never do so that you would welcomed into the arms of a righteous God and be fully accepted even though, in reality, you are anything but righteous. How can God accept you and not compromise his own righteousness? He can do this because Christ’s righteousness has been credited to your moral account. Now, that’s amazing grace!”