One Touch

A few years ago I realized how much of my life I had spent striving to do everything right, to impress with my image; truly believing that a good witness for Christ could not have glacier-sized weaknesses.  I was so tired.  My failures brought weariness to my soul, burying me in self-loathing and condemnation.  I relied only on what I could see in front of me.  My faults were haunting me and keeping me absorbed with myself.  The Lord spoke to me to stop trying to work in His name without Him.


So many times we as Christians can get caught up in doing good works and we might be tempted to wear our efforts as a sort of badge of righteousness.  God has given us clear instructions in His word as to how to we are to live our lives, and we must walk in obedience.  But any good that flows from our lives needs to be a work of the Spirit of God in us.  We cannot expect to ever impress God with our own righteousness.  Jesus is our righteousness.  We are made righteous by His dying on the cross and paying the penalty for all our sin.  There is no other way to be clean and free from the stain of our sin.  No amount or quality of our good works will ever make us righteous.  If we continuously try to earn His love and favor then we are not really trusting in the cross of Christ.  He gave His life for me and I owe my life to Him.  Our goal in doing good should be to glorify Him, to love Him with obedience, all the while knowing we are only saved by the grace of God.  I love Him because He loved me first.  The score will never be even between what we have to offer and the righteousness that Jesus’ freely provided for us in His death on the cross.


For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Being justified freely by His grace
Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood,
Through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness,
Because in His forbearance
God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
To demonstrate at the present time His righteousness,
That He might be just and the justifier of the one
Who has faith in Jesus.
Where is boasting then?
It is excluded.
By what law? Of works?
No, but by the law of faith.

Romans 3:23-27


It is common for those who haven’t yet made a decision to follow Jesus to possess the notion that they need to get their lives together before they can receive Christ.  Maybe they are watching some of us while we impress with our works, sometimes making it seem like that is where our salvation resides.  Maybe it’s so extravagant a gift, it is difficult to believe that such a gift could be free.  The Bible teaches us that no one can ever be good enough to earn their way to God.  I pray that we Christians will send a message to the world that we are being held together only by the loving grace and mercy of God.  What if the world saw our vulnerabilities and weaknesses and we took pride only in what Jesus has done for us.  What if the cross of Christ was what we were the most proud of, showing Him to the world and not our own accomplishments; proclaiming His love and forgiveness and restoration and healing and salvation.  I am a  sinner who has been redeemed, rescued, and changed by the grace and love and forgiveness of the One True God through Jesus’ death and resurrection, saved for all eternity – may that be my witness.



One Touch From You And I’m Restored

Ashamed of all I’ve done in vain
Underneath my Jesus’ name
Weary, Lord, I come to You
Use me now only for You

I’ve tried and tried to do what’s right
I toil and strive in my own might
Here’s my will take it and lead
And in Your power I’m finally free

But by my Spirit says the Lord
Can miracles and wonders be
One touch from You and I’m restored
The lame man walks, the blind man sees

I need Your touch, Your healing hand
My pride, my way is sinking sand
Jesus I need more of You
My life for Yours I’m made brand new

But by my Spirit says the Lord
Can miracles and wonders be
One touch from You and I’m restored
The lame man walks, the blind man sees

I surrender once again
To Your sovereignty, Your hand
Your yoke is easy, Your burden light
Under Your wing will I reside

But by my Spirit says the Lord
Can miracles and wonders be
One touch from You and I’m restored
The lame man walks, the blind man sees

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