I asked many folks several months ago, “Do you think God is diappointed in you?”
The overwhelming answer was, “Yes!”
As I think about that this morning, I ask those of you who felt that way then, and perhaps still do, “Why? Why do you feel God is disappointed in you?”
Then listen — really listen — to your answer.
If you think God is disappointed in you because of something you did, something you said, something you felt, or… something you didn’t do, say, or feel… then I ask you to examine that further.
Or maybe you answered that way because you feel like you aren’t doing enough for God, but I would ask that you examine that further as well.
Let me ask you another question: If you did more for God… or were more obedient to Him… would He be more pleased with you?
If you answered, “Yes,” then it would stand to reason, with that logic in mind, that the more obedient you are, the more pleased God is. Therefore, God is most pleased with super-saints like Billy Graham or Mother Teresa, and on this grading scale, you and I are far, far down the heavenly social strata.
Does this sound valid to you? Is this how God really acts and works? The answer is a resounding, “No.”
With that kind of thinking, you’d have to continue to ask, “How good is good enough? How much service or obedience is enough to please God.”
God’s Word answers that for us:
“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Perfection. That is what God is looking for. That is what He requires. God is not pleased without perfect obedience… without perfect actions… perfect words and perfect thoughts.
Perfection. How’re you doing with that? How’s that perfection thing coming along? Not so well, I assume. Me neither.
Thankfully, when God requires perfection, He supplies perfection in His own Son, Jesus. God shows us we have a dilemma. And then, praise Him, He provides the deliverance. Jesus, while He lived on this Earth, was perfect in word, thought, and deed. It was His perfect obedience that took Him to the Cross. He was the perfect sacrifice for our sin.
And because of that God said to Jesus, “This is my son with whom I am well pleased.”
And because of Jesus and what He did, God says to you and me, “This is my son (or daughter) with whom I am well pleased.”
Good News indeed.
Something to ponder.
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14)
(For those who think I’m saying that you shouldn’t be obedient to God, you’re missing the point; I’m not. I’m just asking you to examine WHY you think God is disappointed in you.)