Heart Exam 5/2/20

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

A person may “come to Christ” for many reasons. Unfortunately, what some refer to as coming to Christ is not coming to Him at all. While there are many benefits in coming to Christ, there is only one primary reason to come to Christ. It is only when the Holy Spirit finally opens our eyes to see our own sinfulness and our own unworthiness, that we can see our need for a Savior. We see that we can’t worship God in our sin, that we need forgiveness, cleansing, and righteousness, none of which we can grant or achieve for ourselves.

The Bible is clear about our condition as lost sinners. God tells us through His word that there are none righteous, there are none that seek God, there are none that does good. In fact, what we think of as “our” righteousness is in God’s eyes only filthy rags. There is nothing of value in us, no good thing resides in us, and there is nothing within us that is acceptable to God. If we were to receive God’s justice, we would suffer eternal damnation in hell.

But, God’s mercy reaches out through Christ to provide our salvation, to forgive our sins through the shed blood of Christ, and to cloth us in His righteousness. That is why we come to Christ, to receive the salvation He purchased for us. We should never forget that horrible moment when Christ cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” That horrible moment when the Father’s wrath for your sins and my sins was poured out on His Son instead of on us.

Because of what Christ has done for us, we live for Him. We show our love by obeying His commandments. We think not of ourselves but of Him. We give up pursuing the things of the world, we give up pursing what feeds our pride, and we live in humility and gratitude for the One who has given us eternal life. That is the reason we come to Christ. Yes, He then gives us glorious blessings, but those follow our salvation. He gives us new life to be lived for Him and not for ourselves. He calls us to live lives that are holy and pure. Yes, search my heart, O God. Prune away the sinful, and lead me in the way everlasting. Amen.

  Pastor Mike

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