Do vs. Done
The other day I had a conversation with my son & one of his friends. We were talking about the difference between religions & Isaiah said something that resonated deep. He said,
“The thing that sets true Christianity apart from all other religions can be summed up in two words that differ by two letters:
Do vs. Done
All religions require some sort of work to try to earn your way to a blissful eternity. But Jesus DID all the work for us - it’s already DONE!”
Today’s Psalm is written by King David right after he was confronted for having an adulterous affair with Bathsheba & for moving her husband to the front lines in battle so he’d be killed.😳
Over & over he begs God for mercy. He keeps looking at his sins & every time he does, they get weightier & weightier. Finally, he admits that he can do nothing but ask forgiveness for shedding blood.
There is nothing David can “do”. He proclaims, “You do not desire a sacrifice or I would offer one. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”
Jesus conquered death as a sinless man so that we might too! If there was ever a compelling case for Christ it is WHAT He’s done & that it IS done!
We need do nothing but admit there is nothing we CAN do to erase our sin & accept His FREE gift of salvation.
I once read that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The problem is that good intentions do not guarantee good results. We can intend to live a “good” life but there is no good that is good enough to present us stainless before our holy God. Jesus became our blood sacrifice so that our sin would be erased.
When we realize what He’s done, we can’t help but follow His lead & when we follow our good Shepherd, good will follow us!
Like David, when we know we are destined to hell without His salvation, we can’t help but fall on our face in worship of our Lord who is worthy of far more than we can DO.
Jesus’s last words on earth were, “it is finished.” The work is done. All we need “do” is confess that we don’t have it in us to become holy, & then accept His free gift of salvation, allowing our giddy hearts of gratitude to follow His lead.💕
September 7th One Year Bible Readings
💡Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
💡2 Corinthians 9:1-15