I heard a friend use a phrase recently, and it began to stir a thought within me. The phrase was “I need to get right with God”. To give a little more context, this friend is a professing Christian, around my same age (21).
At the heart of this I see an issue with theology. This phrase implies that sin has been committed, and that there is an abnormal imbalance in their relationship with God because of it. Therefore, action must be taken to restore the relationship to where it ought to be. To my friend, and subsequently to anyone else who has ever had this thought, I would offer this idea:
In a moment of introspection, explore what your relationship with God looks like. Take a hard look at your life, and examine how things “ought to be”. To those who would say the same thing as my friend I would ask, “How has your relationship with God changed because of your sinfulness? To what do you hope it will be restored? How might you go about restoring the relationship to that point?”
Beneath these questions is a theological point: the Cross of Christ ransomed Sin once and for all (Romans 6:10). This means that there was one act of reconciliation necessary, and it covered all sin, past, present, and future. To claim that “I’m not right with God” would imply that you’ve committed some sin beyond the scope of Christ’s sacrifice.
Though it may not feel like it sometimes, to be a Christian, that is to experience the salvation of Jesus Christ, is to be eternally right with God.
There are certainly things we must fight as Christians, and God will continue to work within us, making us more like Him; but we must not try to make reparations for the mistakes we inevitably make. The weight of our Sin was placed upon Jesus so that we would no longer bear it. We are now called to fix our eyes on Him, to abandon the ways of the world, and to run wholeheartedly after Him.
I’m not sure whether my friend understood this or not, but I pray we can all find rest in the truth that God’s sacrifice is enough, and that we owe Him nothing more than our unyielding faith.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39