“The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.” – Charles Spurgeon
“Righteousness is a gift we received, not a reward we achieved. “
The message today made me realize that I am a bad receiver. Many Christians like me fall into the trap of thinking that it is always better to give than to receive. We have a sort-of “Holy Week” mentality as the preacher called it. We still feel like we owe God for the sins we committed and we try to pay him back through good deeds or acts of service. We are still trying to earn our righteousness when in fact, we are already victorious in Jesus. The work is finished. The debt has already been paid by Christ. When God sees us, He sees the righteousness of Christ in us. What I learned today is to rest in the finished work of Christ and to learn to receive God’s grace with a grateful heart. It’s basic Christian knowledge but I realized that while it is important to share the gospel to others, I have to preach the gospel to myself everyday as well.