Here’s another insightful quote from A.W. Tozer:
Some of us are religiously jumpy and self-conscious because we know that God sees our every thought and is acquainted with all our ways. We need not be. God is the sum of all patience and the essence of kindly good will. We please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that He understands and loves us still.
Peter instructs us to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you“(1 Peter 5:7). We so often put the cart before the horse, not remembering that we become good (or at least better), only after we have “thrown ourselves into his arms”. Becoming good is more about having our hearts transformed by God than it is about our trying to act better. Its more about the heart than about the will. Not that the will isn’t important: the choices we make do have consequences and make a difference. But we must keep in mind that real life change, lasting life transformation, flows out of the heart, and in turn affects the choices we make and the actions we take. Inside-out, not outside-in, is the way of our faith. Will you throw yourself into your God’s arms today? That is my prayer for you.