I do not pray enough. I do not read the Word enough. I do not give enough. I do not always do the right thing. I do not always have enough faith. I still do this wrong thing. I do not; I am not; I cannot…..
What is the common denominator and the focus of all these statements? Of course, it is "I." Have these thoughts or anything similar ever entered your mind or come out of your mouth?
Another common denominator is that they are all judgments. If we are judging ourselves like this, I can guarantee you that we are judging others like this too. The only reason we would do this is if we believe Jesus came to partially save us and then to judge our actions after that point to see if we kept His words well enough to qualify to be saved. By doing so, we have missed the point. Jesus did not come to judge us or see if we can qualify. We could never qualify, that is why we needed a savior. Jesus came to save us, period. Only Satan wants you to think otherwise.
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. John 12:47 ESV
While many of us may tell others it is all about Jesus we personally entertain thoughts like these, making it all about ourselves. Thoughts and statements like these indicate that our faith and focus are not on Jesus’s finished work. Our thoughts are fixed on our own actions and works.
Sin consciousness instead of being righteousness/forgiveness conscious dishonors Jesus’s sacrifice and leads us to believe that we are responsible for qualifying to share in the inheritance of the saints when nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible tells us the truth.
Giving thanks to the Father, WHO HAS QUALIFIED YOU to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:12-13 ESV).
We are already qualified by God, provided our faith is in Jesus. Thankfully we are not required to personally qualify. We need to diligently remind ourselves that it is all about the perfect Lamb of God, provided by God himself. By one man’s obedience, we are made righteous.
…by the one man’s obedience (Jesus) the many will be made righteous (Rom 5:19b).
No one can condemn those who have been justified by God. “Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies” (Rom 8:33 ESV).
Lord, Thank you for qualifying me fully to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. Amen