Sometimes we think God is in love with a future version of ourselves. One day, when we’re good enough, God will finally love us. However, God never says this or anything like it. God loves you today, and He will give you everything you need to get there.
We Don’t Earn Salvation
We forget that we don’t earn our salvation. When we allow legalism and law keeping to warp our mindset, that is when we worry about “not being good enough.” The truth is we will never be good enough for God. The testimony of Scripture is consistent on this point: all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3.23). Or what about that place where the Bible says, “you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked” (Eph 2.2). We were never good enough for God, and we never will be either.
Thankfully, our salvation doesn’t depend on our being good enough. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Rom 5.6). Our salvation depends entirely on the grace of God (Eph 2.8). It is God who chooses to save us, despite the fact that we are sinners and His enemies. God did what we were not able to do on the cross: offer perfect obedience and sacrifice as a way to begin a new relationship. Because Jesus died on the cross, we can have the promise of forgiveness through His blood. It is the blood of Christ that makes us holy, righteous, and acceptable to God, not our works.
God Loves Us Today
God doesn’t love some future version of you; God loves you today. He loves who you are, where you are, right now. God wants to help you grow spiritually and become more like Jesus, but He doesn’t wait for your perfect to start helping you. He’s ready and willing to help you today.
When God said he “so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” He meant those words. He also meant it when he said, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through him” (John 3.16-17).
Let’s all put our faith in what God has actually said: God loves us today for who we are, where we are, and what we are. He wants us to be better, and He will help us to grow. However, his love is present with us now, even though we’re less than perfect today.