To The Person Who Thinks They Are Too Far Gone

A while back, I was on a mission trip and my evangelism group met an elderly man who invited us into his home for a bible study. We studied with him for around an hour and he understood that he was in sin and needed to be saved, he knew what he needed to do, but something held him back.

“I’ve done too much evil in my life,” he told us. “There’s no way for me to be forgiven for what I’ve done. There’s too much evil in me. I’m too far gone.”

We continued to study with him about forgiveness, about how our sins are washed away when we are baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27, 1 Peter 3:21), but over and over again he repeated the same thing: “There’s too much evil, I’m too far gone.”

Eventually, we left, but we invited him to the gospel meeting we were putting on every night that week.

Later that evening, I looked for him in the crowd but didn’t see him, I assumed he hadn’t accepted the invitation to come until I saw him standing in the very back.

I wish I could say he was baptized that night, but he wasn’t.

I wish I could say that I knew if he ever did, but I don’t.

I can only pray that he did or that he one day will. I can only pray that one day he’ll realize that the blood of Jesus is stronger than all of his sins combined.

When I was younger I watched a lot of veggie tales.

I remember the one covering the story of Jonah, and in it, there was a song about God being a God of second chances.

I don’t believe that our God is a God of second chances; I believe that while we are here, alive on earth that He is a God of continual chances.

I believe that every day, every hour, every minute, and even every second is a chance that we are given because God wants us to be saved.

He wants you to be saved.

 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”-1 Timothy 2:1-6

Today, no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done, you need to know that you have not lost your chance.

In Acts 22, Paul speaks about his past life, he tells about how he murdered and persecuted Christians.
Then, he tells about how he changed.

God wanted Paul as His child even when he was Saul.

David was a man after God’s own heart who committed a terrible sin of adultery and murder, many of his Psalms are about his sorrow and guilt, yet, he was still a man after God’s own heart despite his mistakes.

Samson made many mistakes when it came to women, especially Delilah. He could have easily given up and died believing his life was ruined by his pride, but instead he got back up again and did good in the end.

It’s never too late to turn things around, to change, to come back home.

God’s love and mercy is greater than all of our sins.

None of us are worthy of anything, especially God’s love, and yet He knew us and everything we would ever do to sin against Him and still called us beloved, perfectly and wonderfully made.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”-Ephesians 2:10

We were made good. We were made for good, and if you’re reading this, it’s not too late to walk in the light and be the Christian and child of God that God wants you to be.

If you know better, do better. If you are living in sin, I want you to know that you are so much more than the life you’re living.

You have a chance, the darkness and emptiness you might feel now doesn’t have to be your reality.

This doesn’t have to be how it ends.

It’s not too late.

 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”-Romans 5:8

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”-Titus 2:11-14

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”-1 John 1:9

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”-2 Corinthians 5:17

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”-Acts 22:16

Your Nike Shorts Aren’t Modest

“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 

Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”-Luke 6:43-49

Hey guys, summer is coming up, if you haven’t noticed by how increasingly harder it is to find shirts that aren’t missing their lower halves and jeans that don’t have rips all the way up your thighs.

With summer also comes an increase of immodesty, sadly even from members of the church.

I’ve already written a post about immodesty, which you can read here, but since this is an ever reoccurring issue, I thought I should write another post, perhaps this one more blunt, hence the title.

Modesty, it’s a very vague word and definition for many people as I went over in my last post. Today, I’m going to be very direct, I think a lot of people choose to not infer and apply certain scriptures and implicit commands to their lives so they can use the excuse of ignorance, but this post will lay it all out so you, dear sisters (and brothers, perhaps! Modesty applies to both girls AND boys) will leave this blog today with zero excuse.

So, if you want to honor God by obeying His word in every aspect of your life, please read on.

To make it perfectly clear, as already stated in the title of this post, your Nike shorts aren’t modest.

Your shorts that go above your knees aren’t modest (I’m looking at both guys and girls here).

Your yoga pants aren’t modest.

Your skin tight athletic wear isn’t modest.

Your bikinis and one pieces aren’t modest.

Your crop tops aren’t modest.

Your jeans with the rips past your knees aren’t modest.

Your low cut dresses and shirts aren’t modest.

Your short dresses and skirts aren’t modest.

I’m sure you get the point by now.

At this point, I’m sure you either agree with me or are slightly upset and thinking, “Grace, who are you to define what is modest and appropriate and what isn’t? Who are you to tell me what to wear?”

I understand where you’re coming from, I felt the same defensive, indignation when I first was told my clothing wasn’t modest, but I didn’t define modesty, God did.

Which brings us to probably your next question:

What does the Bible say about modesty? 

A popular and often used verse is 1 Timothy 2:9:

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”

  • Shamefacedness: a face that can blush, immodesty, or being immodest should shock you.
  • Sobriety: Control, clear judgment.
  • Broided hair: oftentimes women would braid gold into their hair to show off their wealth, other times they wore gold to advertise that they were selling their bodies.

All in all, this verse seems pretty vague on the standard of modesty, right?

That’s because modesty had already been defined in the old testament, the people hearing this didn’t need a definition for modesty, they already had one.

Gen 3:7 tells us about Adam and Eve realized that they were naked, thus they made “aprons” for themselves.

  • Chagowr means a loin covering, basically, they covered their private parts.

In verses 9-10, Adam and Eve knew that they were still naked and hid from the Lord.
In verse 21, the Lord made them coats and clothed them.

  • Kethoneth, a tunic, a coat that covered from the shoulders to the knees.

In Isa 47:2, it talks about bringing shame by “making bare the leg, uncover the thigh”. This should bring shame on anyone because it is immodest, and thus nakedness.

In John 21:7, it talks about Peter fishing naked but putting on his coat when he spotted Jesus on the shore to swim to him.
The word for naked that was used is “gymnos” which means “undergarments or clothing that didn’t cover your shoulders and went to your knees”.

I’m not saying that this dismantles the whole “swimming in fewer clothes is okay because it’s swimming” argument… well, actually, I am. Because it does.

There are more verses that talk about clothing and they are:

Lev 16:4, 2 Sam 10:4, Exo 20:26, 1 Thess 4:4, Proverbs  7:10, Proverbs 11:22

I would greatly encourage anyone to study these verses.

In my old modesty post, after I wrote this definition, I wrote that if you know better, do better.

This applies today too, if you’ve read this post all the way through, congratulations! You know better, now you have the choice to honor and obey God by doing better.

As Christians, we need to obey God, immodesty is a sin, and we cannot keep on sinning.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?  Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”-Romans 6:1-6

“…in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”-2 Thessalonians 1:8-10