A Christianity That Works-Part One
Several years ago I read a book called "A Christianity That Really Works" by Ron Marr. It is subtitled "A Handbook for Living in Continuous Personal Revival". For the next several nuggets I am going to share excerpts from this book.
Always By Grace Alone
"We're saved by God's grace alone. The wonder of God's grace is that our very sin and sinfulness, our very failure to please Him, qualify us for His mercy and full salvation.
Are we content to be nothing more than needy sinners dependent only on God and His grace? Or do we hope somehow to escape the stigma of sin and become 'good' people?"
"All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags" "Dirty rags are not just unattractive: they breed disease, destruction, and death. Only His righteousness in us ever will be anything other than filthy rags. If we think anything else, we're doomed to a lifetime of disappointment, frustration, and failure."
Not Good Enough
"We need His mercy and grace: we don't deserve Him or His heaven, Jesus alone is enough for us at heaven's gate. Only He! It's our failure, our incapacity in ourselves to please Him, that qualifies us for Him then, now, and during all the time intervening."
But Are We Looking For Him?
"The problem is that we may not be looking for Him, but for something less, even a Christianity that works. If we expect ever to be spiritually successful–to be good–we're in trouble. We must expect only to be bad, always needy sinners with but one hope: Him. Finding Him sufficient, we must cast ourselves repeatedly on Him and His grace. He is the Christianity That Works."
"Face the truth about yourself, your sin, your failure, your need. Simply acknowledge that God is right in His condemnation of your actions, attitudes, and heart. Admit your need and inability. But look out! We tend to see even confession and repentance as somehow earning God's acceptance or forgiveness. Never! His acceptance is ours through Christ alone, unmerited by us in any way."
To the world, you may just be somebody...but to somebody, you may be the world.
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