When I was in Arizona for business, I got to talk with some young guys who are Mormon. From my perspective, these men seemed to have incredible character, dreams, vision, work ethic, etc.
Very nice young men, who definitely want to do good in the world.
In the midst of this, I was sitting at GoDaddy Headquarters considering some business ideas, that were quite frankly way over my intelligence.
I began to think of how the world operates on this do-something-to-level-up norm.
You have the right family name or background, be from the right neighborhood, go to the right places, get the right look or clothes, take the coolest Instagram pictures.
You have get a degree, attend the right school, audition in front of the right people, jump through hoops, write up an impeccable resume, put in the right number of years, appease the right bosses, buy off the right people so you can get the inside knowledge, all so you can get to the next level.
If you look around, this is how the world works.
As I was walking around in the 115 degree heat, I thought about how Jesus is revolutionary.
Every single religion has levels and steps and hierarchy. It doesn’t matter if it’s 3,000 years old or was started 150 years ago, they all have the same approach.
When Jesus came, he changed everything.
He came and broke down all walls, all levels, all separation. He single handedly made a way for all people to be completely forgiven, alive in Christ, holy, in His presence for eternity.
No levels up, no hoops to jump, no money to pay, no people to please.
Isn’t this mind blowingly amazing?
But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Jesus is so good that he broke the paradigm.
You and I can be near to God, Holy Spirit living inside of us, just by saying yes!
Even if we’re the nicest people, with the best intent, our works can’t make us holy. Neither than we can say yes to Jesus with our words, but still remain dependent on works.
We get to have full relationship with Jesus – we’re made near.
In the world, I have to go through levels to become worthy.
With Jesus, I am worthy completely, totally, because of His sacrifice – I could never do anything to replace what Jesus did on the Cross.
Isn’t that incredible?