Monday, May 9, 2011

not your little goodness or mine...

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
'Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.

(Nicholaus von Zinzendorf, tr. by John Wesley)

"This is Christianity: not your little goodness and mine; not what I am doing and what I am not doing.  Not how much better I am than somebody else; not how much better I am than I once was.  No, your forget it all and look to Him.  You see His perfect spotless righteousness and you know that if you believe in Him it is given to you and you are clothed with it. ...

"How can men and women have peace when they are striving, only to find how unworthy they are?  It is impossible.  But the moment they believe this blessed truth of the kingdom of God and in Christ as God's way of righteousness, then everything is changed immediately. 'Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.'  It is an end of all my futile struggles." 

(Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Kingdom of God, p. 81)


Rev. Dr. Neil Damgaard said...

So are you saying we all are not in competition with each other, and that it isn't about piling up ExtraValue Points?

Sandy said...

Verily so.