Sinner, Look to Jesus
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
A few years ago, I was in the battle of a lifetime against shame. Living in a vicious cycle of forgetting God’s grace and forgiveness, I found myself spiraling down into depression. A sinful thought that seemingly came out of the blue would send me into that dark place. Praise God I abhorred the thought or didn’t give into the sin, but I also wasn’t looking to Christ as my refuge and advocate. Instead, I found myself wallowing in the shame of being tempted. I questioned my salvation. And I felt hopeless.
I had forgotten that even Jesus was tempted. How could I, a sinner from conception, be past it if the God of the Universe faced temptation?
I had traded in His forgiveness for morbid introspection. Jesus had carried my shame upon His body on the tree, and I was trying to pick it back up. By doing so, I told a lie about the Gospel. With my actions, I told a story of needing to make myself clean in order to be accepted by God. I preached a lie, saying Jesus’ blood couldn’t cover and cleanse certain thoughts or sins.
The truth is, the Gospel of Christ is powerful to save! And the blood of the Lamb washes away all our sin. We don’t have to clean ourselves up in order to come to God—we can’t! The beautiful truth is, Jesus clothes us with His righteous beauty and makes us a new creation in Him.
Sinner, look to Jesus. Preach the Gospel to yourself. Lay down your shame. Repent of your self-righteousness. Draw near to the throne of grace. It’s there you will receive mercy and grace in the time of need.
Father, we are a sinful people. Please renew our minds and fill them with Christ. When we are tempted, give us Your strength to abstain from sin and remind us that You are our advocate and refuge. Help us to seek You every moment of every day. Thank You for saving us. We do not deserve Your grace. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Look to Jesus. Pour out your heart before Him today.
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.