There is Nothing We Can Do
This morning as I drove to the airport, for another business trip, I was struck by a song on the radio, “You are God Alone” by Phillips, Craig & Dean. What struck me is how the Holy Spirit has been drawing me deeper into this fact over the past few days.
Paul teaches in Romans 4 “to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited to him as righteousness” Romans 4:5. We hear the phrase as “does not work” and often rationalize, we must have to do something, or I have to do my part, but that is not what is said. There is nothing we can do. The Father through Jesus did not complete half the work, or 90% of the work, or even 99.9% of the work. He completed all of it for us. This means we do not have to work on improving ourselves as Christians. Christianity is not a self-help program. Paul reinforces this to the Corinthian church. “I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” 1 Corinthians 4:3-4. Paul deeply knew that it is the Lord who judges him, and there is nothing he could do to change that, but he also knew and trusted that Jesus died for his sins that he committed in the past, present and future. Paul knew and was teaching that there was nothing more he could do, not even judging himself for any of his own wrong doings would be not benefit. Now, back to the song…
When at church singing songs or in the car or at home, we need to be conscience of the words we sing. Some do not point us in the correct direction, but this one does. The song states:
You are not a god created by human hands
You are not a god dependent on any mortal man
You are not a god in need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that’s just the way it is
And the chorus goes on to say…
You are God alone from before time began
You were on You’re throne You’re are God alone
And right now in the good times and bad
You are on You’re throne You are God alone
There is nothing that we can do God, either to increase His status or His glory. There is nothing we can do to change his view of us. As He shines His Glory (favorable opinion) all we can do is praise Him.
The song goes on to say:
You’re the only God whose power none can contend
You’re the only God whose name and praise will never end
You’re the only God whose worthy of everything we can give
You are God and that’s just the way it is
The bridge reinforces who He is:
Unchangeable, Unshakable, Unstoppable, That’s what You are
It is so hard to put into words what it is to have a relationship with an unchangeable God. A relationship with on whom I do not have to perform. That personal relationship with God is available to each and every person if they choose to take it. Your history does not matter. The way others or even you look at yourself. The Father desires to have relationship, intimate relationship with you. This is a relationship where He does not keep score of your right and wrong actions. He desires to have a relationship with you so much that he provided the perfect sacrifice for ALL of your wrong doings. He knocks at the door and waits for you to open it. This message goes out to all including those who are working in effort to get closer to God. Work is not the message for a deeper relationship with God. For many will have tried to work their way to God and will hear this message from Jesus. “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you, away from me you evildoers.’” Matthew 7:21-23.
The Father has provided the path for a relationship with Him. The path is Jesus. Jesus stands at the door and knocks. He want us to accept Him so that we can have that relationship with the Father. There is nothing more we can do to have that relationship that by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Once we have accepted Jesus and have begun that relationship with the Father, there is still nothing we can do on our own; All we can to do is to do what Jesus was doing, abiding in the Father.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5