Life Is Not About Us

In Daily Devotional by Chad Bird

Theme of the Week: The Good News That God Doesn’t Believe In You

Bible Verse: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Romans 5:8, NIV

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:6-8

What the Spirit revealed to Fridfeldt that day in the pulpit, he reveals to each of us as we stand at our desks, in our kitchens, in our classrooms: life is not about us. It’s not about how strong or weak we are, how smart or dumb we are, how flabby or fit we are. It’s not about believing in ourselves or God believing in us. Life is all about losing our flawed and egocentric identities in a co-death with Christ and being raised to newness of life in his resurrection.

One of the best gifts we can receive is the failure to put trust in ourselves. One of the most important truths to learn is that God doesn’t believe in us. He is the one who is trustworthy. He doesn’t believe in us; he does something profoundly better: he loves us. Our Father doesn’t peer within us, pinpoint some hidden quality worthy of his affection and trust, and then act on that discovery.

Before we were born, before we were either bad or good, dependable or undependable, lovable or unlovable—from all eternity our Father loved us. He didn’t go on a hunt to find people deserving of his grace. Quite the contrary!

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:6–8 NIV)


Excerpted from Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life by Chad Bird, Copyright 2019, Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, used by permission.
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Chad Bird
Chad Bird is a Scholar in Residence at 1517. He has served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. He holds master’s degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He has contributed articles to Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Modern Reformation, The Federalist, Lutheran Forum, and other journals and websites.
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Chad Bird
Chad Bird is a Scholar in Residence at 1517. He has served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. He holds master’s degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He has contributed articles to Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Modern Reformation, The Federalist, Lutheran Forum, and other journals and websites.