Good Days and Bad Days
Being at the Summit Church I am almost always surrounded by solid teaching, and intentional discipleship, there is hardly a day that I leave that building not in awe of what God is doing in His church. A while ago JD shared something with the congregation, and it was a simple prayer that he had printed onto bookmarks and distributed to the full crowd of people. Now I am no fam of pre printed prayers unless its from Scripture or Valley of Vision (It is an amazing book) so I was immediately skeptical. The prayer was an amazing prayer that I now keep taped on the inside of my truck so that I can read it while I’m on the move. However there is one line that I not only impacted me beyond what I could have imagined, but has and will be a main component of my future ministry.
“God, there is nothing I can do to make you love me more, and there is nothing that I can do to make you love me less.”
What a statement, now I think that I had understood this principle at least on some level, but after JD had explained what it meant to me, I knew that I my life was not reflecting the truth in that prayer.
Good Day vs Bad Day Mentality
I do not want to speak for every person ever, but I know I struggle with this and so I can assume that on some level, others have dealt with this. I call it the good day, bad day mentality, this concept was originally brought to my attention in a book by Jerry Bridges entitled “The Discipline of Grace”
We know how Central the forgiveness of our sins is in salvation. We preach it and we believe it. We see that first repentance and surrender to Christ as a glorious moment. We also accept that having come to the Lord in salvation we must continue to purify our lives(through repentance of sins). But in talking with many people I get the impression that most of us consider ongoing repentance as a not so glorious experience. It’s sort of sad necessity.
Sin Grieves God, we must not downplay the seriousness of it. But we must come to terms with the fact that God’s grace is greater than all our sins. Repentance is one of the Christians highest privileges. A repentant Christian focuses on God’s mercy and God’s grace every moment of our lives and when we bask in God’s mercy and grace it’s our highest mountain.
Re-read that if you need to, in fact how about you just go get the book, because its something I think every Christian should read at some point in their life.
What Bridges is saying here, is that we find joy in our repentance, not grief, or sorrow. If I start my day of bad, if I do not start my day off in the word, or something happens to throw me off, then I automatically assume this bad day mentality. “I sinned, God cant use me for the rest of the day.” or “I didn’t read the Bible, I’m useless in ministry today.” This is the bad day mentality, and well this mentality is bad…
This mentality takes you out the game, it removes you from any work that God was going or could have used you for. It is also just sinful… This mindset removes Gods power from your life, because you are putting your hurt feelings on the throne and not Christ.
This also applies for the Good day mentality, if you wake up, read your Bible immediately, go out and share the gospel with 3 people, and then finish serving at a shelter, this can often boost our pride and we can tell ourselves, “I did a lot of good work” and yes it may be true, but we have to remember that God’s power and will is not depending on the type of day that we may or may not being having on a particular day.
Instead of a good day, bad day mentality we need to have a grace mentality, realizing that sin is real and we are going to fall into it, repenting, and understanding that we are saved by GRACE through faith. Not knocking ourselves out of the day, and understanding that God can and will use us.
There is nothing that you can do that makes God love you any less than what he already does, and guess what there is nothing you can do to make him love you more either. His love is steadfast, and unwavering.
Do not diminish God’s power to be dependent on your mood.