Ray Comfort on How to Make God Smile

The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of BCNN1.

No one can run fast enough, jump high enough, sing good enough, or drop money enough into the collection bag to impress God. This is because every ability we have and everything we own, comes from Him. 

However, there is a portion of Scripture that runs contrary to the thought that God can’t be impressed by a lowly human being.

Two thousand years ago, a Roman centurion had a servant that he loved dearly, who was at the point of death. The centurion, therefore, sent Jewish elders to plead with Jesus to come and heal him.

Look at what they said about this soldier, in an attempt to impress Jesus. They said, ”that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, ‘for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue’” (Luke 7:4,5).

They believed that Jesus would be impressed for those two reasons and therefore heal his servant. He loved Israel, and he had built them a synagogue. In other words, this man really was worthy. But look at what the centurion said of himself:

Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. (Luke 7:6,7, emphasis added)

Others may think we are deserving of God’s attention, but if we have caught a glimpse of His holiness and our own sinful condition, like Job, we will lay a hand on our self-righteous and sinful mouth and say, “I am vile.” The only thing we are worthy of, is punishment for our many sins. That sounds kind of harsh, but my point is, God loves us even though, in His holy eyes, the best of us are vile and undeserving. Jesus died for sinners not for saints (see Romans 5:8)—while we were not worthy. This means that we never have to strive to be worthy of His love—it shines like the warmth of the sun, and like the sun, its warmth has nothing to do with us.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ray Comfort