I like going back through my Facebook memories to see what I posted a year ago, two years ago, five years ago, etc. It’s interesting to find out what made me laugh or made me think. Sometimes, I run across words that affected me deeply then and still affect me now:
“I think most of us begin our Christian journey with this simple truth.
I’m broken. I need Jesus. The end.
However as we launch out on this new journey it doesn’t take long before we begin to hear this growing and incessant whisper that says, ‘Try harder, do more.’
This approach can look quite spiritual to those around us; however, it’s often rooted in a inner conviction that our worth as a Christian is dependent upon our ability to outperform those around us. Behind this spiritual facade is a fragile and insecure heart desperately attempting to get God to love us more. We know God loves us but we’re afraid He may still be disappointed in us.
The cross isn’t something we start with and then move on from.
The cross isn’t just the starting line of our faith, it’s the centerpiece. Grace isn’t something we need just for salvation, it’s like air for the believer.
So today when you hear that whisper in your head that says ‘Try harder, do more,’ go back to this:
I’m broken. I need Jesus. The end” (Pete Wilson).
You’ll never outgrow your need for the Gospel. The End.