Are You A Damaged Person?

We want to serve God, but usually we just make up excuses to put things off until later. We say we have physical ailments that get in the way of serving God. Or we think some mental anguish that we are experiencing will interfere too much with serving God, so we do not even bother trying.

We think that God expects too much of us. God has these grand projects that He wants us to complete. But we are inadequate for the tasks because, as imperfect humans, we are damaged in some way. So we think we are of no value to God in our present condition. We will repair our damages before we serve God, so then we can do a better job of serving Him.

So what does God really expect from you? Your love, devotion, and obedience. If you look at yourself and think that you are too messed up to be of any value to God, think again. God isn't watching you to see if you have done all of your chores, and then He will give you your allowance. God loves you right now, just the way that you are. Christ's blood has already made you "good enough" to be of value to God, because God wants to have a relationship with you, regardless of your condition. If you love God, you will want to do what pleases Him. But doing your chores does not win God's love. God has already loved you from the start.

Are you a damaged person? Satan would like you to believe that you are. Because if you believe you are damaged, then you will think you cannot please God and you will not even bother trying to please God. Then you will break off your relationship with God, because you are ashamed of how damaged you are and how useless you are to God.

Here is a test to see if you are damaged. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? And are you using your relationship with Christ to draw closer to God every day? If you answered, "Yes" to both of these questions, you are not damaged after all. You may have physical or emotional aches and pains. But those things are just temporary and will be overcome. If you answered, "No", you are damaging yourself by refusing God. But it's still not too late for you to repair your relationship with God. Whether you answered, "Yes" or "No", what really matters is your desire to improve your relationship with God from this point on.

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