Read: “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Romans 5:10-11
When we’re struggling with an approval addiction, it can be tough to feel like we can draw close to God. We want to present our best selves in order to gain God’s approval and affection. But, there are two problems with trying to approach God like that. First, like we talked about last week, on our own, we will never be good enough for God. No matter the favors we try to promise Him, no matter the good deeds we try to do to outweigh the bad in our lives, outside of Christ, we can never measure up.
Second, feeling as though we need to be good enough before we can meet with God is treating God like people. But God isn’t anything like other people - he knows all that is lurking in the dark corners of our lives and loves us anyway. He is merciful to us, and offers us reconciliation through Christ. One of the best parts of reconciliation is that it isn’t merely a “get out of hell free” card, a ticket to heaven to keep in our back pocket and cash in when we die. Reconciliation with God through Christ is a chance to enter into a close, intimate relationship with our Creator. When we enter into a relationship with Him, we can fully experience the approval we sometimes desperately seek from others - we can fully experience the abundant life He wants to give us! But, unlike our relationships with other people, Christ will never, ever let us down.
Pray: God, thank You for loving me as I am. Thank You for forgiving me when I mess up. Help me to turn to You for the approval I seek, and thank You for the chance to enter into a real, personal relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.