Today’s Daily Light
The Search For Significance, by Robert McGee
The Origin of the Search – Chapter 2
con’t… Are you trusting in your own abilities to earn God’s acceptance, or are you trusting in the death of Christ to pay for your sins and in His resurrection to give you new life? Take a moment to reflect on this question: On a scale of 0 to 100 percent, how sure are you that you would spend eternity with God if you died today? An answer of less than 100 percent may indicate that you are trusting, at least in part, in yourself. You may be thinking, ‘isn’t it arrogant to say that I am 100 percent sure?’
Indeed, it would be arrogance if you were trusting in yourself – your abilities, actions, and good deeds – to earn your salvation. However, if you are trusting in the all-sufficient payment of Christ, then 100 percent certainty is a response of humility and thankfulness, not arrogance.
Reflect on a second question: If you were to die today and stand before God and He were to ask you, “Why should I let you into heaven?”..
what would you tell him? Would you mention your abilities, church attendance, kindness to others, Christian service, abstinence from a particular sin, or some other good deed? Paul wrote to Titus:
But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy. (Titus 3:4-5)
We must give up our own efforts to achieve righteousness and instead believe that Christ’s death and resurrection alone are sufficient to pay for our sin and separation from God.
If there is any question about whether you have conclusively accepted Christ’s substitutionary death to pay for the wrath you deserve for your sins, take some time to think about the two questions we have examined and to reflect on His love and forgiveness. Then respond by trusting in Christ and accepting His payment for your sins. You can use this prayer to express your faith:
Lord Jesus, I need You. I want You to be my Savior and Lord. I accept Your death on the cross as the complete payment for my sins. Thank You for forgiving me and for giving me new life. Help me to grow in my understanding of Your love and power ‘so that’ my life will bring honor to You. Amen
(con’t tomorrow 😊)