Stamp of Approval

I was listening to a message called “Jesus Turned Around” by Judah Smith, Senior Pastor of the City Church. His main point was how so many of us live our lives thinking that God only approves of us when we are doing good. As soon as we mess up or fail, we think that God is going to bring the heavenly smack down on us. So we go about living this roller coaster life. Up and down. Up and down.

The truth is that God’s approval has nothing to do with your condition but everything to do with your position. God’s approval has nothing to do with your performance but has everything to do with the person of Jesus. The greatest example of this is found in Matthew. This is what he writes “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17 NKJV) The crazy thing about this is that God said this about Jesus before He walked on water, before He turned the water into wine, before He fed the 5,000, before He opened blind eyes, before He opened deaf ears, before He healed the lame, before He died on the cross, before He rose from the dead. God approved of Jesus before He did anything, before He started His ministry, before He performed any miracles. God approves of you the same way because you are His son or daughter.

When I played baseball, after I had a bad game when I made an error or didn’t get a hit, my dad would always ask me this question “Son, did you do your best?” I would say yes and he would always say “The I’m proud of you.” It didn’t matter if I went 4 for 4 or 0 for 4, my dad loved me, was proud of me, approved of me, and was pleased with me. I want to tell someone who is reading this that thinks that God isn’t pleased with you because of your past performance or your current condition, God loves you. He is proud of you. He approves of you. He is pleased with you. Not because of anything you have done, do, or are going to do; but because of what Jesus did.

So no longer live a roller coaster life of ups and downs, but live with the understanding that God is smiling over you.

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