When I was young, I thought I was a pretty good girl. I followed most of the rules and generally did what was expected. I was at the top of my class, a member of the national honor society, and captain of sports’ teams. I rarely, if ever, found myself on the wrong end of discipline.
Throughout those years, I lived certain my salvation was secure.
But then, I tested the limits of my freedom and began to make some poor choices in college and beyond.
Maybe you’ve been there, too. Perhaps, like me, the realization that you were no longer a “good girl” caused you to doubt your salvation.
As convoluted as it sounds, this was the best thing that ever happened to my faith. It was only then that I finally realized being a good girl doesn’t save me.
We know the law. We know what we should and shouldn’t do. The standards have been clearly set before us. Knowing the law doesn’t always mean we succeed at keeping it. In fact, the more we understand God’s precepts, the more assured we are of our complete inability to adhere to them.
We can never be good enough.
In His infinite wisdom, He knew only the grace of the gospel had the power to save us from ourselves.
Author: Liz Giertz