Interesting fact; you didn't save you. If you’re a Christian, that is, if you've been purchased by the blood of Jesus for his glory - then you are a recipient of life-giving grace. Plain and simple. You didn't decide one day to wrap your arms around a soft and winsome philosopher who promised you a pleasant stay in the afterlife. You were violently (and lovingly) ripped from the precipice of hell by a bloody, beaten, and broken savior who didn’t ask your permission before doing so.
Now, I understand the way I articulated the above might ruffle a few feathers. But if you feel as though you had something to do with your salvation (apart from the sin that made it necessary) you are going to miss the ugliness of your sin and the beauty of the gospel. In other words, you're going to miss Jesus.
Don't Miss Your Sin:
Sin is much darker and runs far deeper than any of us give it credit for. It’s ugly and destructive and distorts reality. In fact, sin is the horrid cancer that ultimately pinned Jesus to the cross. Because of our sin, our affections tragically reek of selfishness and autonomy. But before I communicate something I don't mean to, let me clarify; though we are born into a spiritual coffin (Eph. 2), we are not victims of sin exclusively, but participants in it. We are transgressors. We are treasonous. And this separates us from God.
Apart from Jesus, we revel in a heart posture that is directly at odds with the creator of the universe. Because of sin, our longings become lusts and our desires lead to expiry. But with Jesus we get a heart transplant – thus, we are a changed, transformed, and reconciled to the Father for eternity.
But here’s the catch, we don’t have it in any of us to grab hold of Christ. We (without a new heart) are drowning and in need of a strong salvific arm to save us. An arm that is much stronger than the waves crashing around us and in us. We must be pulled out of, not led out of, the mess we so zealously treasure.
The Westminster Confession of Faith communicates it like this; “Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able, by his own strength, to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto”.
Are you taking sin seriously enough? Are you acutely aware that your rebellion (past, present, and future sins) killed the son of God? Do you understand that you were literally dead in your trespasses and sins before God reached down and rescued your lifeless body from Satan, sin, death, and hell? Do you sit under the weight of what God did for you in Jesus?
Don't miss your sin.
Don't Miss Jesus:
Sin is big. But Jesus is bigger. His life is more beautiful and his death more glorious than we can comprehend this side of heaven. Think about this, our eternal, transcendent, holy, and personal God himself came on a rescue mission in the flesh as the God-man Jesus to die brutally as a substitute for sinners (that’s me and you, remember?) to satiate God’s righteous wrath. He lived the life we could not live, he died the death we should have died and on the third day, kicked open the tomb and conquered triumphantly over Satan, Sin, Death, and Hell. He is now alive ruling and reigning in heaven and will be back again to judge the living and the dead – saving the repentant, and crushing the unrepentant. And while he waits for battle, he sends his Spirit to convict his people of their sin, turning their darkened hearts and lives toward him. And this is pure unadulterated and underserved, even ill-deserved grace.
Using the Westminster Confession of Faith again, it says, “Christ, by his obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those that are thus justified [Christians], and did make a proper, real, and full satisfaction to his Father’s justice in their behalf. Yet, inasmuch as he was given by the Father for them, and his obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead, and both freely, not for any thing in them, their justification is only of free grace; that both the exact justice and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners”.
Are you aware of the Gospel? Are you aware that these truths are good news for the broken, rebellious, evil, and depressed? Did you know that regardless of race, social status, and past sins, you can be brought into a real relationship with the God of this universe because of Jesus? Did you know that you don't get what you deserve?
Everything is about Jesus and for Jesus.
Don’t miss him.
Don’t Miss Out On Worship:
The idea that you didn't save you is what theologians (and people who read the Bible) call Election. Now, the doctrine of election is meant to humble you in case you were unaware (I’m talking to you Reformed camp). It is meant to put you on your face in worship. God died for YOU! Someone who clearly didn't deserve it. God loves you and came after you. And he didn’t have to. It’s not because you’re special. It’s not because you read more banner of truth books than your neighbor. It’s because without this special and supernatural act of relentless grace – you would be on the fast track to an eternity without God. It’s specifically because you needed to be saved that you are saved. Your theology doesn’t save you. Your good works don’t save you. Jesus saves you.
Dear friends worship, because YOU DIDN’T SAVE YOU!