Lately I’ve messed up in a couple near-and-dear relationships. My actions and words cut the beautiful hearts of my loved ones as I dealt with fatigue and a life that longs to overwhelm.
And Satan wants to slap me with the Failure badge. He whispers that I’ll never be good enough.
The enemy wants to convince me that my inadequacies and shortcomings relegate me forever to the back row of good and worthy people.
Never Good Enough
I suppose he’s right. I won’t ever be good enough. I’ll always fail my children. I’ll always fail my man.
But I’m not left there. I’m not labeled “failure.” And I’m not assigned to sit forever in the back row either.
Yes, I reacted poorly toward my husband. Yes, I overreacted to my son’s oversight. But neither make me a failure.
They make me a sinner in need of a Savior. They diagnose a sickness that needs the ultimate Healer.
They put me in a place to receive His fullness, so I can then pour it out to others.
From the Back Row to the Front
The enemy would have us believe our inability to walk righteously on our own makes us worthless. The truth is God calls the sickest and most infirmed to Him.
He pours His worth into our worthlessness.
He offers us sinners His righteousness. No longer relegated to the back row, He welcomes us to the front to drink deeply from His well.
It’s when we finally acknowledge the desperation of our condition that we can find healing. That is when we can receive the Great Physician’s best medicine as we move to wholeness in Him.
A paralyzed man’s desperate friends were determined to get him to Jesus anyway they could. They knew he could not get well on his own. So these friends did whatever they had to (even lowering him through a roof!) to get him in the presence of the Lord to receive His blessings of forgiveness and restoration (Mark 2:1-12).
Jesus’ passed by Levi (Matthew), a lowly and sinful tax collector, and called Him to “Follow Me” (Mark 2:14).
He ate with tax collectors and sinners (Mark 2:15-16).
And when the Pharisees called Him on it, Jesus gave us all hope.
“Jesus replied to them, ‘The healthy don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'” Luke 5:31
Jesus Came for the Sick, the Sinners
I need this reminder often. Maybe you do too.
I will fail. But failure doesn’t exclude me from walking in the grace of God.
Jesus came for the sick, the sinners. We would have no need for His sacrifice, His grace, if we were healthy and righteous on our own.
Realizing our failings, that we’ll never be good enough, opens us up to receive the fullness of what a walk of grace means and what the Lord has for us. At our lowest we’re most ready to receive His greatest.
And from that place of fullness, we can then point others to the Wellspring of Life.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your never-ending grace, for your mercy and forgiveness, for your restoration and new life, for redeeming my failures! Thank you for entrusting those of us who are so unworthy with carrying your mantle of grace to a lost world.
Reflections: Do you feel like you’re relegated to the back row because of your failings? Is Satan trying to convince you to pin on the Failure badge? Re-read those beautiful accounts of Jesus reaching out to sinners, tax collectors, and the crippled and be encouraged that He came for those of us who mess up. Through His righteousness, we are worthy of that front row.
I am always thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday and this week’s prompt, “from back row to front row.” Click on the image to check out the wonderful encouragement.
I'm so glad you're here to walk with me through this messy but glorious journey called life! Please consider sharing this post with your family and friends. And don't miss a single piece of encouragement! Sign up to get every post in your inbox. It's free, and you'll receive free gifts just for signing up. Oh, you can unsubscribe at any time. Yours in grace ≈ Julie
I'm so glad you're here to walk with me through this messy but glorious journey called life! Please consider sharing this post with your family and friends. And don't miss a single piece of encouragement! Sign up to get every post in your inbox. It's free, and you'll receive free gifts just for signing up. Oh, you can unsubscribe at any time.
Yours in grace ≈