Tuesday, January 7, 2014

All Done!

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Luke 16:15 (NLT)
Then [Jesus] said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts.”

In my mind I think “Well, I’m not as bad as so-in-so.”  But God doesn’t grade on the curve and deem me good or bad based on others’ performance.  God’s standard is Jesus.

I think I have a pretty good reputation for following Jesus.  But God doesn’t care about my reputation.  He cares about what’s in my heart and He sees every nook and cranny.  While I truly love God and love others, it would be scary to connect a projector to my brain and broadcast every thought.  You’d see judgment, envy, impatience, selfishness, self righteousness, disgust, and hypocrisy.  You get the point.  I’m no Jesus.

Standing in God’s presence demands perfection and that’s impossible.  While I’m not that bad, I’m far from perfect.  So why try to be good?  If I’m doomed from the start, why not just give up?  That’s the whole point of the cross! My efforts don’t matter one bit.  Jesus died in my place so His blood already washed away my sin and pre-qualified me to stand in God’s presence.  Jesus has done it.  The only appropriate response to this gift is to love and forgive others.  Bonus scripture:  1 John 4:19 – We love each other because He loved us first.

All I have to do is humble myself, admit I need saving and believe that Jesus has already done it.

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