When Righteousness Doesn’t Matter

My experience of salvation is this: I thought I was good and deserved Heaven. Then I found out I wasn’t and deserved Hell. My good works and good heritage didn’t matter. I spent a good deal of time living my life under the expectation that I had been given something great because of who I was. I was born into a Christian family. I said the sinner’s prayer at an early age. And I always went to church and participated in all the good activities. I thought my goal in life was to “not screw it up.” I thought my righteousness mattered. Continue Reading...

Don’t Should on Yourself Today!

“Don’t should on yourself today.” I heard this a few years back in a message by Brennan Manning. He credits it to his mentor, who apparently got it from someone else. Yes, I know… it’s a juvenile kind of humor, but there’s a serious truth in it too. I find I’m always living in a state of not enough. I’m not enough of a husband. I’m not enough of a father. I’m not enough of a Christian. I’m not enough of a minister. When I say this to myself, I’m actually saying, “I should be better.” Continue Reading...

Legalism is Easy

“I wish I could just do my duty and be done today” I thought as I got into the car on my way to church. I could go in, get it done, and go home. It would be much easier that way. There’s a lot to be said for legalism. It makes life simple when you only need to follow a set of dos and don’ts. It’s black and white; this is right and this is wrong. It takes relatively little effort to follow rules. I can control the outcome. The responsibility for my life’s outcome is in my control. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Christian life were this simple and easy? Continue Reading...