See that pretty embroidered kitchen towel hanging on my oven door? It was hand stitched by a friend. When it was given, she let me know that it was full of mistakes – little “imperfect stitches.” Really? I look at it and I see the big picture – a sweet little girl, adorned with a bonnet and apron, delivering a cherry pie on Baking Day! I also see the heart of the stitcher, if you will. She spent her time and effort making that for me! I love it and I dare anyone to wipe their dirty hands on it – I have store bought towels for that purpose! This is my treasure, set aside for my enjoyment – imperfections and all.
“I’m afraid I’m not good enough.”
“I’m afraid I haven’t done enough.”
“I’m afraid God doesn’t accept me as I am.”
Those are all quotes I’ve recently heard women say concerning their relationship with God. They’re basing those statements on what is or isn’t happening in their life. Something they’ve prayed about hasn’t been answered, some desire they’ve asked God for hasn’t been given, and so they turn their focus from looking heavenward in prayer to looking inward at themselves. They start searching for all the imperfections, and oh, there are many in all of us – it’s called an old sin nature, and we deal with it every single day.
But wait a minute, that’s what Jesus came to take care of on the cross! That sin has been paid for! It’s covered by the blood! Because I’ve received Christ as my Savior, when God looks at me, He sees me as having never sinned, based on the finished work at Calvary. He sees “the big picture” which is my justification through Christ. I don’t have to worry that He’ll see my mess ups and times when I sin (and there are plenty), because He sees me through His perfect Son.
My friend might have wanted to point out and fix the imperfections in the towel she made for me, but it did’t matter to me. We might try to “fix” up so we’re good enough to please God, but you can’t get any better than Jesus! He “fixed it” all for eternity.
Friend, if you’re worried that though you’ve received Christ, you might not be “good enough,” look at the cross and remind yourself of your standing before God. God sees you through His Son – forgiven. You are God’s special treasure set aside (sanctified) for His use. Now live confidently for Him, pray believing and stop pointing at the “imperfect stitches!”