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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

the gospel is so much more

welp, so much for trying to be a better blogger.  life just gets in the way, ya know, and by the end of the day i'm pooped.  i'm sure most of y'all can relate.  in the facebook world, i can get on here and there and post quick statuses if i want.  not so much on blogger.

for the sake of not letting blogger feel neglected though, i shall post something.  i am tired, and in a few minutes i'm gonna head to bed and spend some time in good ol' dream land before morning comes and my 2 year old comes running cheerfully in my room and yells happily "mommy, toby's awaaaaake!!!" (he speaks of himself in third person.)   that boy wakes up like he's had doses of caffeine injected in him all night in his sleep.  i wish i was like that.

so i'm going to do the "lazy blogger" thing and post something that a friend had on her fb wall a few days ago.  a reminder of the difference between religious living and gospel centered living.  just wanna A to the MEN it, and repost.  i needed this.

RELIGION: I obey-therefore I’m accepted.
THE GOSPEL: I’m accepted-therefore I obey.
RELIGION: Motivation is based on fear and insecurity.
THE GOSPEL: Motivation is based on grateful joy.
RELIGION: I obey God in order to get things from God.
THE GOSPEL: I obey God to get to God-to delight and resemble Him.
RELIGION: When circumstances in my life go wrong, I am angry at God or my self, since I believe, like Job’s friends that anyone who is good deserves a comfortable life.
THE GOSPEL: When circumstances in my life go wrong, I struggle but I know all my punishment fell on Jesus and that while he may allow this for my training, he will exercise his Fatherly love within my trial.
RELIGION: When I am criticized I am furious or devastated because it is critical that I think of myself as a ‘good person’. Threats to that self-image must be destroyed at all costs.
THE GOSPEL: When I am criticized I struggle, but it is not critical for me to think of myself as a ‘good person.’ My identity is not built on my record or my performance but on God’s love for me in Christ. I can take criticism.
RELIGION: My prayer life consists largely of petition and it only heats up when I am in a time of need. My main purpose in prayer is control of the environment.
THE GOSPEL: My prayer life consists of generous stretches of praise and adoration. My main purpose is fellowship with Him.
RELIGION: My self-view swings between two poles. If and when I am living up to my standards, I feel confident, but then I am prone to be proud and unsympathetic to failing people. If and when I am not living up to standards, I feel insecure and inadequate. I’m not confident. I feel like a failure.
THE GOSPEL: My self-view is not based on a view of my self as a moral achiever. In Christ I am “simul iustus et peccator”—simultaneously sinful and yet accepted in Christ. I am so bad he had to die for me and I am so loved he was glad to die for me. This leads me to deeper and deeper humility and confidence at the same time. Neither swaggering nor sniveling.
RELIGION: My identity and self-worth are based mainly on how hard I work. Or how moral I am, and so I must look down on those I perceive as lazy or immoral. I disdain and feel superior to ‘the other.’
THE GOSPEL: My identity and self-worth are centered on the one who died for His enemies, who was excluded from the city for me. I am saved by sheer grace. So I can’t look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. Only by grace I am what I am. I’ve no inner need to win arguments.
RELIGION: Since I look to my own pedigree or performance for my spiritual acceptability, my heart manufactures idols. It may be my talents, my moral record, my personal discipline, my social status, etc. I absolutely have to have them so they serve as my main hope, meaning, happiness, security, and significance, whatever I may say I believe about God.
THE GOSPEL: I have many good things in my life—family, work, spiritual disciplines, etc. But none of these good things are ultimate things to me. None of them are things I absolutely have to have, so there is a limit to how much anxiety, bitterness, and despondency they can inflict on me when they are threatened and lost.

-tim keller


Jillian said...

Love this!! So true. Thank you for sharing. I wish we could all get some of Jesus and throw religion out the window!

Becci said...

I really REALLY like this! There is so much freedom in realizing that we don't have to live up to our idea of 'good' but rather be the best we can for Jesus. He is SO much more forgiving of me than I am of me!

Patty Jo said...

This shines like joy in the morning. It's so refreshing when we realize this and quit living for oursleves and even for others. God is so good and there is nothing like a "true" relationship with Him! I am so thankful that even though I know this and make mistakes God is merciful and forgiving! And I can go straight to Him and ask for forgiveness and just talk to Him. Thanks for sharing! I might just have to borrow it!