Thursday, December 29, 2016
A few Sundays ago one of our songs was, “Lord, I Need You,” written by Matt Maher in 2013. Some of the words are:
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart.
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You.
As the congregation sang that song I wondered how well those words were sinking into our consciousness? How many believe God will save them because of their righteousness, performed to co-host His? One faith teaches that we must have more “good” works than bad ones if we are going to heaven. In other words, you are on a “point system” and must work to produce “x” number in order to save yourself! If that is our religious foundation, we have no business singing Matt’s song!
In discussing the righteousness of Jesus as compared to ours, an individual asked if his obedience didn’t amount to something in procuring his salvation. Is “obedience” necessary? Yes (2 John 1:9 NIV). If one loves the Lord, he will willingly obey Him (John 14:15, 23; 15:10). However, that is altogether different than saying, “My righteousness is worth __% in paying for my salvation.” Actually, “our righteousness” is like a dirty rag, that if you touched it, you would want to immediately wash your hands (Isaiah 64:6)!
At the judgment, one will not remind Jesus about how well his works measured up to Jesus’ actions upon the cross and expectantly state, “You owe me something for what I’ve done!” Those who do such have missed the Good News completely. In fact, it could be another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).
If my trust in going to heaven is based upon how obedient I am, my failure to “do enough” will leave me frustrated, ridden with guilt, depressed, and with a fear that will consume me. Why? Because our obedience will never be sufficient to make a down payment on our sin debt. However, I can with assurance say that Jesus is my Savior and I trust that He paid it all for me!
“Lord, I need You, oh, I need You, Every hour I need You, My one defense, my righteousness, Oh God, how I need you.”
Jesus paid it all!! I am not capable of adding even 1%. Jesus is not a 99% Savior. He is my 100% Lord and Savior! He is the one who saves, not me (Hebrews 5:1)! I obey Him, not to make points, but because He made the points for me. I can never repay Him. My obedience does not supplement the full price he paid for me (1 Corinthians 6:20)! Why do men demote what Jesus did in order to glorify what we think we’ve done?
What is your assurance built on? You??