Do you usually like yourself? If you’re like a lot of people, you sort of wish you could change who you are. That’s why we tend to pretend we’re somebody we’re not, because we tend to wish we’re somebody we’re not.

What if that could change? What if we could replace what’s unlikable about us with something likable? What if we could take the bad that lives deep, down inside and swap it with something undeniably good?

Do you know what it would take to do that? It would take a seismic transfer. Doing away with sin (the root of all that’s bad) and replacing it with righteousness (the status of utterly good). On this earth, we will continue to struggle with sin. But the status can change. The transfer can happen. It happens when God takes all your sin, his wrath over that sin, and the punishment for sin, and he places it on the only innocent and pure one—Jesus. It happens when Jesus becomes what we are so we can become what he is.

That actually happened at the cross. Because that happened, God says you’re great. He likes you. He loves you. He calls you righteous. So you don’t have to pretend. He says it’s already true.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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