The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance
We don’t have to be perfect to walk into God’s amazing plan, and we can bring the ugliest parts of ourselves—our shame, our failures, and our weaknesses—to him. That’s good news, but what next? Do we merely keep walking in this shame and ugliness? Do we continue to make the same mistakes? Should we still believe how it is now is how it will always be?
When you realize that God’s amazing plans are even for you, the imperfect, you also experience a life-changing truth: God loves you just the way you are, but he loves you way too much to leave you that way.
Jesus loves, accepts, and forgives even the greatest of sinners, including me; but he doesn’t stop there. He comes into our lives and instantly begins to change things.
Jesus healed so many throughout the Bible, like the crippled beggar in John 5, the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5, and the blind man in John 9. Just as he gave the crippled back his legs, freed the woman of her infirmities, and restored vision to the blind, Jesus is ready to heal whatever issue, limp, or hurt you bring to him.
The anxiety you struggle with doesn’t intimidate him. The dream you tried and failed doesn’t embarrass him. He’s ready to use and heal all your messes, but it starts by believing that He loves and accepts you. Jesus doesn’t love you after you change, he changes you with his love. You’ll never be able to realize your dream as long as you believe you have to in order to be accepted by God. Receiving God’s love is the first step in living the dream life God created for you to live.
Prayer: God, Help me to remember that Jesus came so I can live a life of abundance, knowing that you have restored me so that I can pursue the dreams you have for me right now. Help me to live out those dreams for your glory.