LIVING WATER
Keeping Score by JW Kaiser
Are you a free surfer or a contest surfer? The basic difference seems to be the desire to keep score and judge your surfing against others. Even if you are free surfer, there is a tendency to judge yourself and compare yourself against others in the lineup. It’s not a stretch to say it is because we are naturally self-centered and concerned about how we compare with those around us. Internally, all of us have a voice in our head that asks, “What about me? How do I measure up?”
Have you ever been concerned if you “measure up” in your relationship with God? First, we have to understand that there is no scorecard in Heaven that God applies to your life. He knows your heart better than anyone. He knows we are prone to sin. God doesn’t judge us by our sin however. He cast his judgment of our sin onto his son Jesus. When we turn our hearts to God and ask, “What about me?” his answer to us is that he loves us deeply and he calls us to himself with the most tender mercy and grace imaginable. On our best days God doesn’t love us more and on our worse days God doesn’t love us less. His love for us is consistent and consistently without measure.
“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.”   Romans 3:22-25