As a Christian, I cannot tell you how many times I hear people say, “It’s time to get right with God”. I hear it in church, I hear it in the locker room, and I hear it talking with friends. But most of all, I have heard it recently because of the new year. Everyone feels that 2017 is the year that they need to “get right with God”. Now you might think I’m crazy when I say this, but the concept of “getting right with God” is so misunderstood. Don’t get me wrong, as a child of God, I also want to intentionally live a life that glorifies Him. I want to do that better in 2017 than I did in 2016, but I don’t think “getting right with God,” is the way to do so.
Oftentimes, I hear this phrase being used by college kids that are displeased with their actions from the prior semester. (Granted, I am a college kid and so are many of my friends, so that’s the perspective I’m coming from.) Maybe you went out too much, drank too much alcohol, participated in immoral and lustful actions, etc. Whatever the case may be, “getting right with God” won’t cure or take away your prior sins.
Let me clarify, repentance is always necessary and important for our walk with the Lord, but if you are saved there will never be a day that you won’t be saved. To put it plainly, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and have asked Him into your heart, but also believe that you can lose your salvation, then you are ultimately saying that it is your performance on this Earth that is keeping you in line with God.
Salvation, unlike other things, does not need to be earned. I think because we live in a time where we are striving to earn everything: our jobs, money, affirmation, a sense of worthiness and even solid relationships, we also believe that our relationship with God has to be earned. That is false! Our salvation was already earned through the sinless life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So, when you say that you want to “get right with God,” you are putting the faith you have in your salvation in yourself, not God. We will always sin, and we will always need Jesus, but that is exactly why He came. If you have accepted Him into your heart, you can’t lose your salvation, so there is never a reason to “get right with God”. You are right with God. It’s all or nothing, not a sometimes thing.
This means while you may plan to party less, drink less, and surround yourself with better people, that alone will not alter your standing with the Lord or make you holier in His eyes. That does not mean you shouldn’t do it, it just means that your worth to Him does not change based on your actions. There is no amount of good deeds that will “get you right with God”. As mentioned before, you either are right with the Lord, which means you are saved, or you are not because God’s standard is perfection, and we will always fall short.
Ultimately, if God sent His son to save us as sinners, what makes you think He won’t keep us as sinners? We do not serve a fickle God. He will always stand firm on His promises. So maybe instead of looking to “get right with God,” we should walk in repentance, work toward becoming more like Christ, and intentionally glorify Him to the best of our abilities in all things we do every day. Our salvation has taken care of the rest.
Happy Sunday everyone! Stay blessed!