Too bad for God?

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No one is too anything for God.

Now obviously this needs to be explained, but not too much, because I bet you get the gist. The idea would be to throw up any obstacle that you think might disqualify you for a relationship with God, such as “No one is too bad for God.” Or “No one is too stubborn ornery… unfaithful… immoral… ugly… sinful… stupid… too anything for God.”

How about those who think they are too far gone for God? Not the case. Maybe someone thinks that he or she has sinned just one too many times. Or maybe you can’t forgive someone, so how could you be forgiven? Or maybe you have a bone to pick with God, which would make you too mad for God. But that’s just the thing. No one is too anything for God.

There is nothing that can keep you from the love of God — nothing that cannot be overcome by His grace. So if you’ve been thinking that God might be for some people, but not for you, because you are too… well, think again, because no one is too anything for God.

With one exception.

If you think about the Pharisees and religious leaders of the Jews — the ones that gave Jesus a hard time and ultimately killed Him — then you realize there are people, most surprisingly, who are too good for God. Here are people who are actually too proud for God — too religious, too important, too busy, too holy … too good for God. Unfortunately there’s nothing God can do for someone like this. Anyone who thinks they have earned anything in the sight of God except to fall on their face before Him and plead for mercy, is simply too good for God. And here we thought all along that Christians were the good people.

What a tragedy, and what an irony, that the only people who are disqualified from being holy are those who think they already are.

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7 Responses to Too bad for God?

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    You’re right Pastor John in this: “What a tragedy, and what an irony, that the only people who are disqualified from being holy are those who think they already are.”

    And it here where I owe a lot to my parents, even thou they didn’t teach me to have a good self esteem, (Probably b/c they weren’t taught it) yet they DID teach me by their example how to be humble!

    It was after I became a follow of Jesus did I dare to think, hey if the Son felt I was worthy of dying an awful death jus for me, I must be worthy of His Love and it makes me Highly Blessed & Favored! (As one of my favorite motivational speakers in Amway Les Brown says)

  2. So, what do we do with our lives?
    We leave only a mark.
    Will our story shine like a light?
    Or end in the dark?

    ~ From “We Don’t Need Another Hero”

    In memory of Tina Turner (83).
    Rest in Shalom, Peace…

  3. J. D. Woods says:

    Heard this someplace… “Lord, help me to find the truth and deliver me from those who are certain that they’ve found it!”

  4. Toni Petrella says:

    I thank God each day he loved us so much to send his son Jesus for each and every one of us just as we are no matter what and I cannot imagine ever thinking for one moment about being too good for God and thankfully he has always loved us no matter what our sins. Always try to do better and thankfully don’t have to try to be perfect.

  5. Selwyn says:

    I know it’s always by God’s grace for me because I used to be so self-righteous and I realized God was not impressed with my religiosity.

  6. Mark Seguin says:

    Amen!

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