Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away
Phil 3:8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ
I have been thinking lately. Reflecting. Specifically, about the following progression. No matter how “good” our actions may be from a human perspective, no matter how altruistic our aims – even if carried out on behalf of the church or with Christian intent — if we act solely in our own strength our accomplishments might as well be garbage.
Too strong, too harsh?!
Paul did not think so. He was in the “Who’s Who” of Judaism in his time. You can refer to Philippians Chapter Three for his resume. But Paul’s zeal (Saul at the time) resulted in the death of Christians. Now, I’m not equating our actions with the murder of innocents. [Although puported Christians who support abortion would in my mind be similar. But that’s a topic for another day]. But in one respect we are the same as Paul.
Ask these questions about your actions, as I do the same:
- Whose glory do I seek?
- Am I confident that I am acting in God’s will, after a time of prayer?
- And perhaps most important, have I confessed my sins & asked Almighty God to forgive me, accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?
It is not an easy thing to lay down sin, especially the persistent kind that we are susceptible to, but it is so incredibly necessary. It is a challenge to pray without ceasing, especially when the distractions of the world encroach, but it is so incredibly necessary.
I pray that we will see all of our earthbound abilities, talents, accomplishments the way that Paul did. Filth. Refuse. Garbage. Dung. Depending on your translation. But you get the idea. Absolutely worthless. Only fitting for the landfill or junkyard.
I am not condemning anyone. But I hope that you will reflect as well. What are you leaning on?
Important: If you are unsure about your salvation, if you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can do so now. Cry out to Him, admit you are a sinner, ask forgiveness for your sins, and ask Jesus into your heart. Find peace.