“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 28-29 & Galatians 1-2)
Pretty clear stuff, don’t you think?
The way I used to be, I am no longer.
What was I before? I was a sinner trying to be okay with God by doing enough good things to offset my bad things. I was fooling myself then to think that I could ever be “good” enough to deserve an after-life with God in heaven.
What has changed? I realized my being a sinner could never be offset by any behavior of mine. I was a sinner and would always be a sinner earning the consequences that sinfulness gets in the after-life.
What would that be? Eternal separation from God!
I heard the Good News that God had sent Jesus to die for my sins, as well as everyone else’s. I realized that I needed something done about my sins and realized (believed) that Jesus had done it.
How? By dying and taking my sins’ consequences on Himself for me. I believed that I was a sinner and believed that Jesus had died for my sins. I accepted what He had done for me and was thereby saved from the consequences of my sins forever.
Since then? Because of what God did for me, I have given my life to Him with my goal now being to do whatever He wants me to do. My old, get myself good enough, thinking is gone and my sins are gone because of what Jesus did. Christ is now in me. My life must evidence that fact.
“Lord, thank You for loving me enough to die for my heaven-separating sins. I accept what You have done. You are indeed my Savior. I love You for it. Take me over entirely. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
Are you still trying to be good enough to get to heaven?
+15 – Candy and turkey dinner sabotaged progress