Tuesday, April 7, 2009

holy week

I can't get enough of this song.

http://us.dada.net/music/mattmaher/empty-and-beautiful_275510m.html


You fought the fight in me
You chased me down and finished the race
I was blind but now I see
Jesus You kept the faith in me

More often than I care to admit, I believe in a do better gospel. You know, the gospel characterized by hard work, determination, charity, even a little compassion and forgiveness mixed in--and oh yes, plenty of guilt, shame, and futility. It never ends well. I ought to know. I'm trying all the time.

The do better gospel is futile because it's a false gospel. The true gospel is not about how hard I work. It's about the finished work of Christ. It's His obedience unto the cross. His conquer of death. His permanent reign. His very presence, working in me.

Christ in me fought the fight
Christ in me finished the race
Christ in me kept the faith



4 comments:

Jen said...

Yes and Amen. Living the "do better" gospel is exhausting. Thank God that's not what it's really about.

And I LOVE this song too. The first time I actually listened and heard the words... wow. Powerful. Thanks for sharing it.

Happy Easter!

WOW-CAJ said...

Yep! There are plenty of 'be still and know' verses......just don't wait until you are flat on your back before you get to know and appreciate them. More relationship, less activity.
Love you....now I shall go back and listen to the song.

Andrea said...

I love this song too. You are right. Our faith is about a finished work and yet we are so often trying to work harder and harder. Thanks for the reminder.

Amber Rose said...

well said. thanks for sharing your heart.