I was self-righteous.
For many years I lived in my own righteousness. I felt if I kept myself pure then God would love me more. And I worked very hard at keeping myself pure. Of course, I didn’t succeed. No one can. But at least I was trying harder than you! (Please read with dripping sarcasm.)
I had my list of sins, my lists of Do Nots. They made sense to me, probably not to you. But I was comfortable in my standing before God, with my list in hand.
And I was happy to share my list with you. But please, don’t share yours with me. Yours may not come up to snuff. Or worse yet, your rules may look better than mine, and then I’d have to revamp mine to look better than yours. Because really, that’s what it was all about…looking better than you.
Then one day…my world fell apart. I was exposed. It became obvious to all who knew us, we were just like them, maybe worse. We had issues. Our lives may have looked good on the outside, for a while, but a terrible evil was dwelling within and it had become apparent.
I remember hearing my brother-in-law say once that he knew the depth of his own depravity and he wasn’t in any place to tell anyone else how to live. At the time I wondered what in the world he had done. I’m relieved to say now, it doesn’t matter.
Whatever he has done…whatever I have done…whatever ANY of us have done…we can be right before Him.
And thankfully, our righteousness is not based upon our own good works…or our doctrines lining up just right…or the denomination we attend…or do not attend…or the list of rules we choose to keep…or anything…other than Him.
Our righteousness is based in Him.
For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life–giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses could not save us, because of our sinful nature. But God put into effect a different plan to save us. He sent His own Son in a human body like ours, except that ours are sinful. God destroyed sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. ~Romans 8:1-4
He is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom
Through the blood of His Son,
And our sins are forgiven.
For by grace you are saved through faith,
And this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God;
It is not from works, so that no one can boast.
If you are holding onto anything in hopes of a “better standing” before God. Don’t.
Give it up.
It’s all rubbish…filthy rags.
Only in Him do we stand.
On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand.
All other ground is sinking sand.