Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. Today we will be continuing our new series, “Matter”. In this devotion, we want to discuss our faults and failures and how God sees us. We want to make it known that we matter to God, even with the bumps and bruises. Let’s dive into it!
This is definitely one of my favourite music videos. The picture it paints (excuse the pun) is just beautiful.
So where do we start?
We are flawed. We are broken people and it is quite obvious. I look around at this world and I see the pain and the hurt that sin causes. But I don’t have to look far because I am a sinner just like everyone else. I have regrets and pains that sin causes. But the bible also makes it clear that we are far from holy or perfect.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
“All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.”
It is pretty clear that we are sinners. We have been flawed since the beginning of time. It all started at the beginning, in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve wanted to be like God, and they got what they wanted. We can see what is right and wrong, we are also our own god’s. We do what we want, and it seems that the whole world revolves around us!
Now we give into the temptations of the world. We let our sinful nature take over and get consumed by the ways of this world and not the ways of God.
“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
Wow, we are doomed! It sucks to be human. We have no chance at possibly being good enough for God. We can never be holy, because sin has filled us all.
‘…There’s got to be more
Than going back and forth
From doing right to doing wrong
‘Cause we were taught that’s who we are
Come on get in line right behind me
You along with everybody
Thinking there’s worth in what you do…’
This series is called “Matter” for a reason!
We matter to God, more than we could possibly imagine. It was hopeless and it still seems hopeless for a lot of people, but God made a way.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”
Amazing, right? Jesus came and made a way for us to be made flawless. His innocent blood was spilled for us. There is power in the blood of Jesus.
‘…Then Like a hero who takes the stage when
We’re on the edge of our seats saying it’s too late
Well let me introduce you to amazing grace…’
1 Corinthians 6:11
“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
We have been washed by the precious blood of Jesus. When He came to this earth, it was the beginning of the end. It is the greatest love story of all time. The King laying down His life for the enemy. It is incredible. And some people think that they don’t matter! Don’t listen to those lies anymore, the battle has been won and sin has been defeated. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine.
‘…Take a breath smile and say
Right here right now I’m okay
Because the cross was enough…’
“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”
I know you think that you are too far gone, but I can promise you that you aren’t. There is one of the most beautiful pictures in Jeremiah, of how God can take something broken and make something beautiful.
“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potterʼs house, and there I will give you my message.”
So I went down to the potterʼs house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”
‘…No matter the bumps
No matter the bruises
No matter the scars
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless
No matter the hurt
Or how deep the wound is
No matter the pain
Still the truth is
The cross has made
The cross has made you flawless…’
We are clay in the potter’s hands. When we break He will reshape us. When we seem too far gone, He can always make us new!
God, thank you that we matter to you. Thank you that you came down to Earth to save us. I give you my broken life and pray that you will turn it into something beautiful, like only you can do. Thank you for your love.
Just remember… You Matter!
The Faith Filled Friends