By Allen White
The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I'm tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him. I didn't want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God's righteousness. Philippians 3:7-9 (MSG)
When I joined my home church at age 16, I had to sign a card where I reported that: I didn’t smoke. I didn’t drink. I didn’t commit adultery. I didn’t play cards. I didn’t roll dice. I didn’t go to movies. I could overeat, just not play slap jack.
When our relationship with God becomes a list of what we don’t do, our relationship has turned into a religion. The great thing about religion is that it puts us in control. The downside is that we’re in control and we trust in ourselves. Who are you trusting in?
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