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There’s nothing like a good week away from Social Media.

But it’s good to be back.

I must admit, I wasn’t completely disconnected — I scrolled through FB periodically but I didn’t post or like anything, I kept up with twice/day tweeting but I didn’t blog. Perhaps it doesn’t sound like much of a break but I kept track of the extra time in my days when I was able to rest or walk or pray or just sit with Jesus…and it was significant.

I appreciated the quieter, less doing-rhythm to my days.

Yesterday morning, I was deeply moved by the sermon because it motivated me to ask some tough questions about myself.  The pastor asked, “Is what Jesus did for you enough or do you feel you need to do something more? Is His salvation complete or not? The answer to this question will greatly affect your life.”

Is it Jesus + my acts? Jesus + by blogging + posting on Facebook + tweeting?

Our pastor told a little story.

A woman died and when she got to the Pearly Gates, she asked,“How do I get into heaven?” The angel responded, “You need 1000 points to get in.” The woman confidently began to rhyme off all her accomplishments. After a few minutes, she asked, “So, how many points do I have so far?” The angel told her that she had 1 point. “Whoa, all that and only 1 point? Well, I also . . .” and blurted out another long list of all the good deeds she had done. “Now how many points do I have?”  The angel looked at her and said,“Two points now.” 

“WHAT?” How could anyone get 1000 points with this scale? How can anyone get in?

The angel smiled and quietly whispered to her, “You got in the day you surrendered to Christ.”

I like that story.

The pastor went on to say, “Never tie your identity to something you could lose – whether it be to a person, money, fame, accomplishment…” Don’t hope to discover in yourself that which can only be found in Christ. He fulfilled the full requirement of God.”

If we do not feel secure in Christ, we will find our value in something else. We will set up our own security system. I am learning so much about this truth — when my core longings are fulfilled in Christ, I am free to love.

God offers me a strong salvation – not a fickle, fragile, acts-dependent salvation. If my identity is in Christ, my life will reflect that truth.

Just makes me ask myself the tough questions about why I do what I do.

The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope. Tim Keller

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6. 14

 

3 Comments

  1. Barb Smith

    Thanks Diane for the reminder! 😍

    • Diane (Author)

      Always good to be reminded of truth, isn’t it?

  2. Amen, Diane. I love the gospel–it’s not only Good News, it’s the best news I’ve ever heard.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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