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Q:

I'd like to be a Christian, but I don't think I'm good enough. I know you'll probably say that Jesus died for imperfect people, and I suppose that's true, but I feel like I'll never be good enough to be His follower. Am I missing something?


A:

Yes, you are missing something; you’re missing the great truth that God loves us and accepts us just as we are!

After all, if we had to wait until we measured up to God’s standard before we could be saved, then none of us could ever be saved — because God’s standard is nothing less than perfection. Furthermore, if we could somehow measure up to His standard and therefore make it into Heaven on our own, then we wouldn’t need Christ to save us. But we do need Christ — because He came into the world for one reason: to save us from our sins. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Think for a moment about some of Jesus’ disciples. Did Peter “measure up” to God’s standard? No, he denied Christ after His arrest — not once, but three times. And yet Jesus forgave him, and God greatly used him to win thousands to Christ. Or think of Paul. Did he have to “measure up” to God’s standard before Jesus would accept him? Not at all; he persecuted Christians, and yet Jesus forgave him and welcomed him just as he was — and you and I are here today because of Paul’s faithfulness.

Don’t let anything — including your fears that you aren’t “good enough” — keep you from Christ. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you, and He is willing to welcome you just as you are.

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3 Comments

  1. Keith Scruggs says:

    Your answer certainly builds my confidence

  2. evan says:

    i understand that but how do i know that i have been forgivin i always think about the sins i have done and i have suppressed most of them i am starting church this sunday but id like to have an idea of how to know i have been forgivin.

    1. Steve says:

      God will forgive all sins, except for one which is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. It’s my understanding that even thieves and murderers will be forgiven and make it into heaven, as long as they repent of their sins, and accept that Jesus is Gods Son who died on the cross for all of our sins. When Jesus healed people, he was known to tell them “go and sin no more”. My pastor once spoke on this subject, about people who say they’re saved but actively view porn, etc. Those folks are probably not saved, but can repent as I said above, stop committing this sin, and give themselves fully to God. I think when you do this, God will give you the strength to stop committing any sin, as well as to know in you’re heart that you have been forgiven.