YOU’RE NOT THE EXCEPTION!

I cannot tell you how many individuals I have studied the Bible with who felt as though it was a waste of time because, in their mind, they had done too much wrong. God could never forgive them. I have counseled with numerous Christians who struggled with the guilt of past decisions and the idea that God could ever forgive them for what they had done. They felt as though they were the exception. The gospel is for all—except for them. God’s grace is greater than any sin—except theirs. Christ’s blood covers any transgression—except the one they committed. To them the verse reads: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on EVERYBODY ELSE’S behalf so that everyone but ME might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Maybe you feel the same way. Perhaps you’re in the same boat. If so, then this blog post is for you. Please allow me to convince you otherwise.If God can forgive a ruthless and brutal king like Manasseh (2 Chron. 33:12-16), if He can forgive a persecutor of Christians and make him an apostle like He did with Paul (Acts 26:9-11), what makes you think that He can’t forgive you? If David, a man who committed adultery and arranged the death of Bathsheba’s husband, can be forgiven and even be deemed a man after God’s own heart, then what makes you think that you’re beyond saving? The Bible is filled with individuals who were far from perfect, yet near to the heart of God. You’re not the exception to the rule. By somehow believing that you are only sells God short. Is the Almighty God powerful enough to do anything and everything, except save you? So, He can speak the universe into existence, but He can’t save you from your sins? Or maybe the issue, in your mind, is that He doesn’t want to save you. If that is the case, may I point you to the cross. The sacrifice of Jesus illustrates just how valuable your soul is to God. I believe the real issue is not so much a doubt in God’s ability but, rather, a poor self-image. The problem is not with God; it’s with us. We can’t get over our mistakes. We have a hard time moving past our sin. We can’t seem to get out of our own way.Think about this: What are we suggesting when we question God’s ability or desire to save us? What are we really saying? Are we not questioning the truth of God’s Word? Are we making God out to be a liar? At the very least, we are admitting that we have trust issues. Is God wrong? Is He a liar? Either God’s word is true, or it’s not. John Chapter 5 verse 24 reads: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word, and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life (emphasis mine).”

Imagine that you made car payments for 48 months. You finally make the last payment and the car is now all yours. The next month you get a notice from the bank for another car payment. What would your reaction be? You’d likely be outraged. You’d immediately call the bank in order to straighten them out. You made the required number of payments and you’re not about to give them any more money. Think about how God must feel when you continue to wallow in your sins rather than doing something about it. Think about how He must feel when you have been forgiven long ago, but you keep dragging up the same sins over and over again. Christ paid the ultimate price at Calvary. He paid in full what we sometimes want to still make payments on.

Who told you that you are unworthy? Who said you were no good, useless, and unusable by God? Who ever said that God could never forgive you? Who told you that you were the exception? Not God! No, here’s what God has said through His inspired word:

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:6-8).

The “us” that God demonstrates His love toward includes “you.” You’re not the exception, and please don’t waste another minute of your life thinking that you are!

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