On a scale of 1 to 10, how would we rate the condition of our spiritual life? Even though we may desire to please Him, our efforts are so inadequate, our motives often selfish, our faithfulness questionable. No matter how much we do, we fall so far short!
Perhaps these thoughts will encourage you: First, remember how God sees us. Because of Christ’s work on the cross, we are completely forgiven and perfect in His sight.
But then there’s our present love-trust relationship with Christ. Perhaps we see ourselves as a meager “1.” We can still please God, though, if our attitude is right. He knows we’re not capable of perfect performance, but He expects the right attitude of heart. Jesus didn’t say, “Blessed are those who achieve their potential and never make a mistake.” He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, . . . those who mourn, . . . the meek.” We may have just made a mess of our life, and there may be painful consequences to pay, but we can still please the Lord if we repent and humbly confess our sin.
Because we are in Christ, we are always a “perfect 10.” And that should motivate us whenever we get discouraged over our slow spiritual growth.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine. —Wesley
Our salvation doesn’t depend on our success but on Christ’s sacrifice.