It is pretty awesome when it comes right down to it.
We talked in church this evening about how it was NECESSARY for Jesus to die. Not because we deserve it, but because God decided that would be the way it would be. God could just let us all go to Hell. Not His problem. We are the ones running around all willy-nilly. He is a just God. We are the ones who break the rules. Instead, he plays out his justice and gives us grace. Massive amounts of grace.
Jesus’s righteousness is all God sees for those who believe. Not our own.
Thank goodness we don’t have to do it on our own. We’d all be screwed.
For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:2-10
Sometimes, as much as I say Jesus gave it all for us and that I believe that is the way to heaven, I still try to lean on myself. I still think I need to pull up my socks and do better. And I do because that is what God asks us to do. To serve Him on Earth. It, however, doesn’t mean that I get extra gold stars when I die if I do something good (shucks, I know you were trying to save up for a sweet room in His house). Yes, you will need to answer to your actions. But, your actions don’t save you. Just like your inactions don’t save you.
It is great to want to do good for God. It is essential to do good for God if you truly believe Jesus is your saviour. Not because it makes you better than other people or because it makes you more saved (pretty sure there isn’t an upper versus lower heaven mentioned anywhere in the Bible). Doing good things are to save you. Jesus took care of that. The good things are fruit of your relationship with Christ. Tonight I was reminded of that fact. Head knowledge returned to heart knowledge for the millionth time. Pretty cool.
So yes, it is awesome to do all kinds of great things for others, for God. Because doing good works is a product of your faith. A product of the Holy Spirit working in us. But thank goodness Jesus still covers up all of our bad stuff in the eyes of God. Because if there were justice without Jesus’s sacrifice, all of the good works would be, well, good and we would still be, well, subject to all sorts of wrath.
God knew we would be all wild. He knew we can’t save ourselves. He also sent a Helper to guide us along the way. He has it all planned ahead, as funny as that sometimes seems in my little mind. So, today is good indeed.