Friday, January 16, 2009
My Name is Ron and I'm a Legalist
I did not have my quiet time this morning and I haven't been praying like I should, my performance has been sub par, but that's okay!...what?
I am a legalist, at least I have legalistic tendencies. Even though nothing that I "do" can save me or put me in better standing with God. I come to God not on my merit at all, even though I tend to forget that. The only reason that I can approach God at all is because of Jesus' merit, there is absolutely nothing that I can do to improve on that or to take away from that!
Jesus purchased my life even before my life was in existence, it's all about His grace alone, not on any merits or demerits, as Jerry Bridges puts it.
Be encouraged, even if you missed your quiet time this morning and your prayer life is lackluster. Know that it is not about your performance, it's about Jesus and His performance..believe me we don't have a chance of competing with that! So for all of my fellow legalists out there, relax and rest in Jesus! I'm so very thankful for the amazing grace of God!
I have found a great deal of encouragement in this area from Jerry Bridge's new devotional "Holiness Day by Day" it's a great way to practice preaching the gospel to yourself everyday!