Friday, February 20, 2009

Stock with God

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
-Ephesians 2:1-3

They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good, not even one.

- Psalm 14:3

Recently I was watching a show on TV where a woman’s brother was near death. Not being a religious person, she went to the hospital chapel anyway to pray to God. One of her friends asked, “What are you doing?” She responded, “I am trying to pray, but I don’t have much stock with God so I am not sure if he will hear me.”

The truth is that no one has stock with God, “not even one.” We are all dead in our sins and are “children of wrath.” None of us are able to come to God and expect that he grant us grace or mercy. In fact, our expectation should be punishment and death. But too often we think this way: “Well I have had a good week and haven’t sinned too much. I really wanted to cuss out that guy that cut me off today but I didn’t do it. I have read my Bible almost everyday this week. So, I have some credit built up with God so now would be the perfect time to pray and ask him to help me get that promotion and whatever else I really need right now.” It sounds silly, but we often think this way. The better I have been the more God will listen to me. Yet, the fact remains, we are children of wrath.

In reality, the only hope any of us has is in Christ. Apart from Christ, God would not hear our prayers and God would not show us grace or mercy. Our salvation is conditional. It is conditional upon the perfect life, the atoning death, and the victorious resurrection of Christ on our behalf. It is only through Christ that, “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” We should rejoice that our salvation is not dependent upon us but rather on the work of Christ. Never should we come to God with pride in what we have done and in the “stock” that we have built up with him. Rather, we should cling to Christ and his promise of salvation for those who repent and believe.

1 comment:

Nathan said...

we are funny folks, aren't we?