Not About Me
I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you. Isaiah 57:12 NIV
God tells us that our righteousness and our works will be exposed; they will be shown for what they really are – filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). We must understand that whatever we can do apart from Christ is nothing more than filthy rags in God’s estimation. God is not interested in our attempts or our performance. We need to feel the same way.
2 Corinthians 11:30 (NIV) If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
Paul knew that his works were spiritually worthless. Paul even bragged about the fact that he couldn’t produce spiritual fruit on his own – he was happy to be dependent on Christ! We should feel the same way! We should rejoice in the fact that Christianity is not about us. We should get excited about the fact that we must abide in Christ.
The focus will be taken off of us when we truly understand that we cannot do anything of spiritual value apart from Christ and focusing on Christ is something to be excited about! Truly understanding that our works are of no spiritual value will send us into the open, loving arms of God. As long as we believe that we can be spiritual on our own, we will not see our desperate need for the Word. If we are ever going to do something of spiritual value it will only be because we are abiding in the Word and totally dependent on Christ instead of ourselves!
Written by Stephanie M. White
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