“…whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.”– Jesus in Mark 8:35 ESV
The struggle to be counted among the blameless is energy exerted in the wrong place. It’s digging up the wrong field. It’s nursing the wrong baby. It’s mowing the wrong lawn. Hard work is commended as the farmer is admired from passers by. But they don’t know that he can’t plant in that field. The baby will take everything the wet nurse has while her own infant starves. Someone will be grateful for the manicured lawn, but the mower’s lawn is an eyesore. Each falls into bed at night exhausted and satisfied, but no effort gets them where they are trying to go.
They want to be good, but none are good. Not for a second does singing, subbing, leading, giving, abstaining, embracing, endorsing, smiling, and persevering do a thing to get them into the Kingdom of God. They’ll be popular in their church and with their churchy friends, but for what purpose?
“…what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? …what can a man give in return for his soul?”– Jesus in Mark 8:36-37 ESV
You cannot make yourself right. You cannot do one thing that would be good enough to penetrate the veil that separates you from the eternal. You have to know that you cannot save yourself. You can’t tell yourself that you are unworthy because you would never believe it.
Don’t be afraid of your failures. They serve as undeniable evidence that you need a Savior.
“Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.”– Jesus in Luke 17:33 ESV
Release your death grip if you want to live.