I think there is a common misconception that Christianity is about following rules. As said in the other blog posts about love, the message of the Bible is about Jesus’ unconditional love. Yet, there is an idea that Church and Christianity is about telling people off or being a ‘goody goody’ Ned Flounders. However, Christianity is not about rules but the relationship between people and God. God indicates this when He says to Israel: “I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people” (Leviticus 26:12). He pursues and searches for us. But how can we have a relationship with something so abstract, distant and supernatural? I think it’s about communicating with God through prayer. This could include asking Him questions in your head, praying at night for your grandma’s health, asking for comfort and reassurance, or simply telling Him you love Him through song.
Now, I return to rules and being good.One of my friends always jokes that she’s going to burst into flames at the door of a church because she’s non-Christian and a sinner. The point I want to stress is that God loves to make leaders and to use those considered as outcasts or sinners to do His work on earth. This is not to say that sinning doesn’t matter. Sin disappoints God. He does not like sin. However, being a sinner doesn’t mean you are not good enough. Every person, whether they are the Arch Bishop of Canterbury or a homeless drug addict is significant and loved by God. For example, in Exodus (the second book of the Bible) God uses Moses, who murdered someone who wronged him, to bring God’s people out of Egypt. Furthermore, Rahab, a prostitute, was used by God to help Jewish spies fulfil their mission by hiding them from the Amorite pursuers. God uses imperfect people- that’s you and me-and He values us despite our flaws, insecurities and failures. Paul states that ‘…we all fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). God knows this, and yet His love, forgiveness and grace is always available to us.
I pray that you will see yourself through God’s eyes. You are valued because God made you and as you learn more about God’s unchanging love, I pray that you would draw yourself near to Him and step into the plans that He has for you. Amen.
By Ella Johnson