Are You Ready to Quit Working?
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20
Before he met the Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), Paul basically lived a life of trying to work his way to heaven. What a burden! Legalism is terrible—a harsh taskmaster under which no one can succeed.
Paul later came to say, “To be found in Jesus is worth more than all my religion, race, and ritual, all my Pharisee-ism and culture. It’s not just knowledge of Jesus or fellowship with Jesus, but righteousness through Jesus.”
Paul said, “I’m tired of trying to work my way to Heaven. I’m going to start trusting, not having any righteousness of my own because I obeyed the Law and its rituals, but having genuine righteousness, which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith” (Phil. 3:9).
It is a relationship with Jesus. He offers liberty, not legalism, freedom, not bondage, relationship, not religion. We give up nothing for which Jesus will not abundantly offer more than we could ever hope or dream.
Colossians 3:10-11 tells us that those who have trusted Jesus Christ “have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him” who created us. Then it says, for us, “Christ is all, and in all.” Meditate on that thought. What does it mean for Christ to be your “all in all”?
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