I am writing you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.

1 John 2: 12

 

This statement reflects one of the most basic and foundational truths of the Christian life. So, it should seem so very simple for someone like me to accept it totally and not have any times of wavering from this simple expression of fact. Yet, my attitudes and actions can suggest something else. For, in fact, there are times when I start to think about what I need to do or what it is that I am not doing in order to be fully engaged in my walk with Christ. This list too often leads to thoughts about tasks and accomplishments instead of focusing me back onto the reality of my unchangeable position in the eyes of God and onto my Savior.

 

It would appear that since John wrote this to my spiritual forefathers about two thousand years ago, I am a part of a very long line of people who have struggled with the fact that there is absolutely nothing that I need to continue to do in order to have my sins forgiven. In accepting the grace, love, and sacrifice of Jesus, the Christ, and allowing Him into my life, that forgiveness before God is finished. Therefore, everything that I do by way of serving God is done in thanks to Him and in order to bring glory, praise, and honor to Him.

 

In this idea, I find freedom, and through this thought, I find power. There is no need to be concerned over failure, no reason to be held down by doubt, and never a reason to believe that my efforts and actions are insufficient. As Christ paid the full price for my sinful nature, He has also freed me to engage loving Him by giving myself fully to serving the people that He loves so dearly. My sins are forgiven, what a wondrous joy! Now I am free of compulsion and set free to share the possibility of that same freedom with anyone who will listen.