Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!
i was listening to a sermon on the radio yesterday, and i was really impressed by this guy. i have heard him before on several occasions, still not sure what his name was though.
anyway, he was talking about how Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross for our sins was and is good enough permanently. we don't have to add anything to it, and as a matter of fact...when we try to earn his salvation, or when we feel like we are not good enough for it, we are essentially saying that what he achieved on the cross, is not good enough, nor is it powerful enough to reach us in our mess. this of course is by far, not the case. what Jesus did for us that day has made us COMPLETELY whole and without sin. hard to grasp huh? it is for me too, but i do believe it. i believe not with my mind, but through faith. romans chapter 7 and 8 are great. check out 7:17.
i think after the realization of this, we need to not take this for granted, nor sin more so that grace can abound...but let this realization compel us to make right decisions. even when you do what you don't want to do, Jesus' blood is good enough and powerful enough. the realization of this is the start of our abundant life. it's in this fullness of life that we really start to see sin for what it is. it's terrible, it's ugly, and it's powerless. as we get to know Him, and hang out with him more, we'll start looking more like Him - this is what sanctification means. what a joy! what great news! Christ's death on the cross and His resurrection has conquered sin and death! it's good enough.
Posted by Casey Campbell