DIY or DONE
There are thousands of DIY enthusiasts who are prepared to tackle jobs around the house themselves rather than engage the services of the experts. They purchase the requisite tools and equipment and many are confident that, given the proper instructions, they can carry out the work themselves. Others are prepared to pay extra and invite those who have the expertise and experience to do the plumbing, electrical work, lay the carpets or hang the wallpaper. They are convinced that they could never do as good a job themselves; they worry about making costly mistakes and for peace of mind they hire the services of those who carry out such work every day.
In spiritual matters it is just the same; in the ecclesiastical world, regardless of the religion, we are constantly encouraged to do, to pay, to pray, to attend, to practise and the moment will never arrive when we will know that we have achieved enough. Emphasis is laid on our input and it is a lifelong business. God is seen as demanding and difficult to satisfy; even when we have done our best we will have to wait till the day of judgment and anxiously await His assessment of our efforts.
Thankfully no such regime is endorsed by the Scriptures. The very opposite is true and the glad tidings of the gospel remind us of One, none less than the Son of God, Who came from heaven to do what we could never do and meet our need completely, leaving nothing for us to do but to trust Him. What lengths God has gone to; what expense He has borne; what He has given to save us from hell and fit us for heaven is beyond all telling. My friend, getting to heaven does not depend on what you can do for God but what He has done for you; the Lord Jesus said, "I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do" John 17.4.
Let me focus your thoughts on Calvary, the sufferings and sacrifice of the only Saviour of sinners, the Lord Jesus Christ, and remind you of what He accomplished there, that day. He undertook to bear the punishment due to our sins and to do all that God justly demanded before sinners could be pardoned and be fitted for heaven.
- He took my sins and my sorrows,
- He made them His very own;
- He bore the burden on Calvary,
- And suffered and died alone.
- (Charles H Gabriel)
Just before the Saviour died, He expressed triumphantly in a loud voice, "It is finished" John 19.30. The work is done; all our efforts, no matter how earnest or sincere, will accomplish nothing, but Christ has done all that God demanded and therefore all we need. Are you prepared to take Him at His word and trust Him alone for your eternal salvation?
Faith in Christ will save thee,
- Sinner, trust God’s risen Son,
- Trust the work that He has done,
- To His arms now quickly run
- Faith in Christ will save thee.
Reproduced by kind permission of Assembly Testimony Magazine
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