For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. (Romans 7:15)
are all about good intentions. We want credit for trying, for giving our best
effort. We intend to follow Jesus in all that we do. We really want to. When
this doesn’t work, we intend to try harder. We really do. Well, when that
doesn’t. . .Are you getting the picture?
are up against the perfect law of God. Good intentions don’t matter, only
results. Are you perfect yet? Me neither!
we come up against that perfect law of God, until the gravity of our own
sinfulness becomes reality to us, until we recognize that our best efforts are
not even fit to be put in God’s garbage can, we can’t truly experience God’s
infinite mercy. You see, until we recognize just how short we have fallen, we
can’t appreciate God’s love. We turn Jesus into a helper. Well, let me tell you
right now – Jesus did not come to earth to help you be a batter person. Jesus
came, died, and rose again that you might become someone totally different.
Jesus doesn’t want a better you. He’ll start with that, but He will never leave
you there. He won’t allow it. He is going to remake you from head to toe.
Nothing is going to be the same.
Christ is not about a cessation of sinful activity and an initiation of
righteous living. Our righteousness will never get us where we truly need to
be. No, Christianity is about a living relationship with our Savior, Jesus
Christ. Much of Christian literature is about telling us what is wrong with us.
Most of us already know that!