Faith Identity

Why Status Doesn’t Matter

“But the hour is coming, and is now here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.”  John 4:23 ESV

I love the story of the woman at the well because I believe that we are all her in some way or another. She did not set out that day to find Jesus. No, she was doing something she had done many times before. She was caught off guard and didn’t understand why Jesus was even talking to her. She didn’t have the status to talk to this man. But, Jesus not only engages with her, but He offers her something she wasn’t worthy of; living water.  He points out the things she had done wrong and yet the offer still stands. Then the cool part is afterward, she goes and uses her story to tell others about this man that wants to give her a gift of living water.

Her status does not stop Jesus. Your status does not stop Jesus. He wants to give you living water so that you can become a true worshipper of the Spirit and Truth. Her past mistakes did not stop Jesus from coming to her, her current mistakes did not stop Jesus from coming to her. So, why would you think He is going to do anything different with you?

In my own story, I fell hard into the performance mindset and felt like every time I failed, I wasn’t worthy to come before the Lord or able to talk about it with my accountability partners. Through this season of life, I have been learning, that His grace is more than enough for me. I don’t have to try harder. I simply say “God I don’t know what to do right now, but I want to sit at your feet and rest in you. Help me surrender the doubt and the feelings of failure to you!” It’s not a one and done thing either, it’s a moment by moment, day by day surrender. That has been a tough lesson for me. So much of my life I have looked for the quick fix. 

How can you fix your sin issue? 

It’s definitely not through a spiritual high in the mountains where you confess all your sin and say “I’m never going to do ___ again!” Those moments are powerful and should be a motivation to live for Christ. But that good feeling of repentance and excitement doesn’t seem to last on its own. No, surrender doesn’t happen once. It must be a daily thing! Because when we let our guard down and say “we’ve made it” that’s when the enemy strikes and we fall. Daily repentance and surrender is the only way to walk in freedom. Because to walk in freedom we must be walking with Christ! 

The other part of this I want to talk about is that God can use you right now! As you are! 

God uses broken people to reach broken people! 

None of us have it together by ourselves. What holds us together is Christ! His sacrifice has not only given us life but life with a purpose! So don’t let your “status” stop you from experiencing freedom and love! You are not your mistakes! You are not your past! You are loved! You have been given the gift to be a child of the Most High. The question is what are you going to do with the gift?

Warrior On!

Feature Photo by Luke Lallement

Luke Lallement

Luke is a Graphics Design major at Wichita State University and is becoming a 2 Timothy 2:2 man as he mentors other younger guys.  Besides his hammock, Luke's other favorite place to hang out is at local coffee shops.  Soccer, ultimate Frisbee, and longboarding are also his specialties!

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