“Our peace and confidence are to be found not in our empirical holiness, not in our progress toward perfection, but in the alien righteousness of Jesus Christ that covers our sinfulness and alone makes us acceptable before a holy God.” -Donald Bloesch
It seems I keep grabbing quotes regarding the uselessness of our own righteousness and the sanctification found through Jesus Christ. You see, people tend to look at me and tell me I’m “so perfect.” And while I’m flattered that they seem to think so highly of me, I cringe every time I hear that line because I know that I am nothing without Christ. I don’t want to be pushed up on a pedestal. I know my own imperfections – my ability to disappoint – and in the end, I’m just a sinner saved by grace. And you see, it’s easy enough try to compare myself to “bad” people and make something of my own accomplishments, but that’s only if I stay skin deep. As soon as I dive deep into who I really am without the grace of God, I’m a true sinner like the rest of the world and my own righteousness is worthless at best. It is only when we come to the realization that our own goodness is a futile thing, that we will truly understand how great His grace truly is in eclipsing that worthless goodness with His own, perfect, invaluable righteousness.
If you could see what I once was
If you could go with me
Back to where I started from
Then I know you would see
A miracle of love that took me in its sweet embrace
And made me what I am today
Just an old sinner saved by grace.
How could I boast of anything I’ve ever seen or done?
How could I dare to claim as mine
the vict’ries God has won?
Where would I be had God not brought
me gently to this place?
I’m here to say I’m nothing but
a sinner saved by grace.
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