Pre-Approved for God

Pre-Approved for God


The sad truth is that we can’t get ourselves pre-qualified for God. We sure are a bunch of sinners and we can’t save ourselves. But the happy news is Christ has already gotten all of us pre-approved on the cross!

God’s righteousness comes through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who have faith in him. There’s no distinction. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, but all are treated as righteous freely by his grace because of a ransom that was paid by Christ Jesus. Through his faithfulness, God displayed Jesus as the place of sacrifice where mercy is found by means of his blood. (Romans 3:22-25, CEB)

We are indeed pre-approved for God! Don’t wait to approach God until you have become pre-qualified. Run to God because you’ve already been pre-approved by Christ.

But the same way that pre-qualified is not pre-approved, pre-approved is not approved. We still need to approach God, ask to be approved because of Christ and receive grace upon grace. But we have been pre-approved! All we need to do is to boldly approach God and embrace him and his grace. We are approved! Christ is risen!

But even this is not all! The very same grace that saves us will continue to work in us. It educates us to live in God’s way. It transforms us into Christ-likeness. It readies us for the life in heaven. All this by grace through faith in Christ. All this free for all!

The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. It educates us so that we can live sensible, ethical, and godly lives right now by rejecting ungodly lives and the desires of this world. At the same time we wait for the blessed hope and the glorious appearance of our great God and savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:11-13, CEB)

Now go and share the Good News: From under-qualified to approved by grace through faith in Jesus. What a gift!

 

Gracious God,
We truly are under-qualified for you.
Pour out grace upon grace!
We need you, Jesus!
Thank you for carrying our sins on the cross.
Father, pour out grace upon grace!
Approve us because of Christ.
Forgive our sins, renew us!
Pour out grace upon grace!
Live, move and work in us, Holy Spirit!
Lead us Home!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U:Have you heard that we have all been pre-approved for God? Have you closed the deal?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you boldly approach our Father in Heaven!

Image courtesy of Chris Manfre. Linking up today with What’s on Your Heart Tuesdays & Soli Deo Gloria & One Word at a Time: Approved Blog Carnival.

 

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