If you’ve spent any time in evangelical circles you’re probably familiar with the cliché “God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good.” The problem with this cliché is, obviously, not with the substance of it; rather, it’s in the fact that all too often such slogans grow so familiar that they plink off our head like a ping-pong ball.
God just gave you a breath. God gives you sunshine, and sends awe-inspiring thunderstorms. He invented lemons so we could make lemonade. He gave the Chinese the cleverness to make fireworks, so that we could make a big deal out of grand occasions of celebration. God is smiling upon us as His beloved children, and has accepted our prayers and worship because we are clothed in white robes which His Son’s blood made clean for us. God not only has forgiven your sins, but He declares you to be “not guilty.”
The Psalmist declares this when he proclaims, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men (Ps. 31:19)!” And the root of this goodness is the fellowship we have with Him through His Son’s body and blood; and the crown of this goodness is the robe of Christ’s righteousness which He clothes us in. He covers us and He fills us, and He brings us to Himself.
Here is goodness. Guilt forgiven. Sins passed over. Praises accepted. Fellowship with God Himself––Father, Son, and Spirit––the source and well-spring of all goodness. So reflect on God’s goodness and mercy which have followed you so faithfully. Then, receive and enjoy that goodness by taking in Christ’s broken body and spilled blood and the grace that God ministers to you through it.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus…