“I—yes, I alone—am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.”
~ ISAIAH 43:25
The Work Is Finished
Grace offers rest. Legalism never does. Then why do we embrace it? “Those who trust in themselves are foolish” (Proverbs 28:26 NCV).Why do we trust in ourselves? Why do we add to God’s finished work? Might the answer include the verb boast?
Saving yourself is heady stuff. Even headier than a high school varsity football jacket. I still own mine. I wore it every day of my senior year. Who cared if the temperature was in the nineties? I wanted everyone to see what I had accomplished. If making a football team feels great, how much more would earning a spot on God’s team?
But the truth is, we don’t. If we think we do, we have missed the message. “What is left for us to brag about?” Paul wonders (Romans 3:27 CEV). What is there indeed? What have you contributed? Aside from your admission of utter decadence, I can’t think of a thing. “By His doing you are in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:30 NASB). Salvation glorifies the Savior, not the saved.
Your salvation showcases God’s mercy. It makes nothing of your effort but everything of his. “I—yes, I alone—am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again” (Isaiah 43:25 NLT). . . .
Can you add anything to this salvation? No. The work is finished.
~ IT’S NOT ABOUT ME
Father God, forgive us when we trust in ourselves for salvation rather than in the finished work of Christ. May we cherish the gift of salvation through the death of your Son, Jesus Christ. When we feel the urge to earn your love, remind us again of your never-ending, great, and generous grace. Remind us that the work is finished, amen.
I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
~ PSALM 13:5
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout joyfully to the LORD.
~ PSALM 98:3–4
Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.
~ PSALM 3:8