IT IS NOT BY YOUR PERFORMANCE
Friday, 27 February 2015
“So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.” Romans 9:16(KJV)
In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus shared a parable to illustrate the fact that we are not to trust our own righteousness and works but to only trust in the mercy of God. The parable underscores the problem with the body of Christ today. Many believers are still in Mount Sinai. They are yet to come to Mount Zion. In Hebrews 12:22-24, the scriptures declare: “But ye are come unto [Mount Zion . . . and] to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel” (KJV). Beloved, we have come to the Mount of Mercy. The Mount of Grace! On this mount, God is not looking at your performance.
This is where the New Testament believer is called to stand, because with or without your performance, God has already blessed you. So don’t come to God reeling out your achievements to Him. Don’t come to Him speaking about your performance, because all that you have achieved is like a filthy rag before Him. If you come to God flaunting your works of righteousness like the Pharisees then you don’t really know Him. God does not want to hear: “I am more committed than any person in the church. I am more dedicated. I give more than any other person. I sacrifice.” Your works! Your performance! You are coming with your works to a holy God, whose laws you cannot keep.
Unlike the Pharisee, the Publican came before God and could not lift up his head. “Nothing I have can please you. There is nothing! Both my good and bad amount to nothing before you. But I come because of your mercy.” And Jesus said that this man went home justified more than the Pharisee who had come to God flaunting his works and qualifications. Remember, those who received miracles from God never came to Him by their works. The mercy of God is still speaking today. Let us therefore leave the table of performance and “[. . .] come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, KJV).
Further reading: Luke 18:9-14, Hebrews 12:18-24 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Numbers 15-16, Evening-Mark 6:1-29