Titus 3:3-7 (ESV)
3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
I don’t see a sign on the church door saying, “You must be sin- free, wealthy, and look fashionable to enter.” If that was the sign on the door, no one would be allowed to enter!
Just as we don’t have rules for who can enter the church, there are no rules to be a follower of Christ. He welcomes each and every one of us. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to be our very best, but God’s love for us is not based on how well we do things, how financially successful in life we are, or how many hours we devote to others. It is about trusting His promise and being free to live a life of faith. The author of Titus reminds us that “we are made new through the cleansing waters of baptism and renewed by the Holy Spirit.”
My husband and I make the sign of the cross on each of our kids’ foreheads each night and tell them, “You are a precious child of God and He always loves you NO MATTER WHAT.” It’s true. God loves us, not because we earned it or deserve it, He simply loves us. Because of this love, He offers us His gift of grace and mercy and forgiveness...I can’t think of a better gift.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your gift of mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for loving us no matter what. Help us to remember Your promise and to be who You want us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Written by Alicia Huntley Children’s Music Leader