Many people in our society today, unfortunately, have the wrong idea about Christianity. And you can probably blame that on those of us who call ourselves Christians. Many people think that we have to be “good enough” in order to be a part of a local church. And, in reality, that may be true for some local churches. There may be a focus on the way you’re dressed or the position you hold or the people you hang out with or some other form of keeping up appearances. THAT’S RELIGION!
Religion says that if you change and maintain a certain level of behavior, then you can join us. But Jesus says that if you will join us, don’t be surprised if you then change.
See, if we were able to be “good enough,” we wouldn’t need a savior in order to be reconciled with God. But because none of us can ever pretend to be good enough under our own power or will, we need a savior. That’s why we need Jesus. Because we’ll never be good enough.
In Romans 8:1, Paul tells us that there is NO CONDEMNATION in Christ. None! Philippians 3:9 tells us that there is no righteousness as a result of anything we can or will do. The only righteousness in us is Christ. So stop it! Quit all this condemning. Jesus came to save us from all that. No, it doesn’t give anyone a license to keep sinning if they know the truth. But it also doesn’t give anyone the right to condemn someone.
I liken this to cleaning up before you take a shower. Wouldn’t that be silly? It’s the same thing. Jesus tells us that He knows we’ll never make the grade. He wants us to quit driving ourselves and others crazy with trying to be good and just come follow Him. It really is that simple.