Preached on Sunday the 21st of August, 2022.
We are so used to bringing something to the table. Our jobs, sports teams and standing in society depend on it. Our standing before God is totally different. There is nothing we could offer him but our sin, shame, and guilt. If we think we could offer him anything good, we underestimate our sinfulness and underestimate his holiness. It is impossible to earn acceptance from God. That work is reserved for Christ alone.
In this passage Jesus calls us to abandon anything we think we could bring to the table. He leads us to come with childlike faith, trusting in nothing that we have done ourselves but in everything he has done. “For to such belongs the kingdom of God.”