I feel like I need to write this, as a clarification. I choose to write a lot with a heart to call the church to purity and righteous living. I wonder sometimes if this comes off as self-righteous or legalistic.
If so, then I need to write this.
Self-righteousness and legalism are falling from the faith of the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is thinking that we can “earn” God’s love or favor.
It is a lie.
It is impossible.
We can’t improve on perfection.
When Christ our LORD died on the cross it was finished–our salvation was complete.
We can’t add to it.
We can’t earn it.
We can’t work for it.
We don’t deserve it.
We can just believe it, and receive it.
HE DID IT ALL.
There is nothing I can add to my salvation.
Just like Abraham, we believe and it is counted to us for righteousness.
Because our good works are simply filthy rags.
It is our faith that pleases the Lord.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him.
But our faith, is worked out in our lives.
Abraham’s faith affected his actions.
He choose to draw a knife above his son’s head–because our beliefs affect our actions.
He knew God would honor the promise and that Isaac was the chosen son.
He knew God could even raise him from the dead.
If Abraham didn’t believe God’s promise, he would have protected the life of his child.
I want my faith to be worked out radically in my life.
Not to earn my salvation, because I can’t, but to prove that I am indeed saved.
That I have actual FAITH.
I want to boldly believe the Word of God.
I want to agree with it.
I want to order my life and my actions according to it.
I see people all around saying that asking people to repent of sin is LEGALISM.
But why does the Bible call us to repent?
Even if we just believe that we need to repent, acknowledge that we are helpless apart from God, and call out in desperation for His Spirit to help us.
Jesus saves us from hell, but He also delivers us from our sins (presently).
Yes, it is a process!
But a REAL Christian, wants to begin that process.
A real Christian is grieved by sin.
A real Christian is convicted by the Spirit.
This isn’t legalism.
If you call yourself a Christian, then you should be praying for the Lord to transform you.
The word says He makes us a NEW creation.
We are, by His Spirit, born again.
We still have a sin nature,
but do we hate it?
Do we pray for help?
Or do we put on spiritual sweatpants and kick back with cheeseballs and another episode of Orange is the New Black?
In prison–to our past, to our lust, to our old natures?
Are you comfortable in your sin?
Are you resigned to your cell?
Has Christ handed you a pardon,
And you refuse to leave the jail?
Let us realize that sin is not a gift.
Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound? NO! Certainly not.
We cannot improve upon the cross.
We can’t improve upon perfection.
But we can prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect WILL OF God.
What is His will for us? That we be transformed!!!!
This isn’t legalism!!!
It is deliverance!!!
And guess what? We can’t even take credit for it!!!
He gets all the Glory!!!
He redeems and He delivers.
But we must desire it.
He won’t deliver us against our will.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)
This isn’t legalism!!!!
This is our REASONABLE SERVICE.
God bless ❤