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“Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love…” –Luke 7:47
Not Good Enough
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People are drawn to Jesus for different reasons. What about you? What draws you to Jesus? Are you worthy to come into his presence? Are you a good enough person to be in Christ’s church?
In the absolution you hear that your sins are forgiven, your faith has saved you, you have been chosen, so you may go in peace.
But you may be thinking, I’m not sure my faith is strong enough to save me. Half the time my doubts feel stronger than my faith. I don’t think I know enough. I do know I am not good enough. These thoughts represent the law, and the law cannot save us. Only grace can do that.
So listen to Paul’s words from Galatians;
…and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. Gal 2:20-21
We have been reminded again with some horrible news this week that we live in a broken creation, which groans for the day of redemption. Things are not perfect. We are not perfect. Not even good enough.
And knowing all that, in fact, because of all that, Jesus says, your sins are forgiven; you have been chosen, so go in peace.
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Questions To Ponder or Discuss
1. Do you think some people stay away from church because of feelings of unworthiness?
2. If you had been at the dinner described in this reading from Luke, how would you have reacted to the startling event depicted?
3. How is worship in the church similar to dinner at the Pharisee’s house?
4. What can be done to invite those on the outside to come to join us at the table?
This week I will challenge you to be invitational. Nearly every congregation describes itself as “welcoming” but smiling and shaking someone’s hand when they show up at church is easy. We want to be an invitational church full of invitational people. So get out there and invite someone to come hear the Good News!
See you in church!