When we look at the life and ministry of Jesus, one thing is crystal clear to me; He came to break down the walls of religion and help us to build something based on complete relationship with Him. The pharisees are mad here because Jesus has broken their laws and they aren’t sure what they can do with Him now. They want to be able to box everything about God in. They wanted the power to know they could be in control of God and how he responded.
Jesus was saying, “Look, all you need is me. There is nothing you can do to earn it. Just follow me.”
We get to the same place in our lives today, even when we have been in church for a long time. We start to think, Why is God blessing them, they just became a Christian. Why would they think they could get into Heaven so quickly.
We do it to ourselves also, not just other people. We disqualify ourselves based on our past. We think to all the things we have done that are wrong, and wonder why God would ever choose us to move forward with him. Why he would ever choose us to reach the world for Him.
Here is what you need to know, if you are reading this, God loves you. Not only that, but He loves you more than you can ever begin to fathom. There is nothing you have done, or could ever do to make him love you any less. You don’t have to earn His love, he hands it out freely. All we have to do is allow him to love us.