Luke 18:13 – But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
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What we do matters. In the judgment to come, we will all be held accountable for our actions, whether good or bad.
But the condition of our hearts is not based on what we do. We cannot be justified in the sight of God by the good deeds we do. Scripture tells us that all of our good works are as filthy rags in the sight of God.
And that is the simple truth of the Gospel. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, did for sinful mankind what we could never do for ourselves. He met God’s righteous requirements through His death, burial and resurrection and He imputes His righteousness to us through our faith in Him.
At the moment of salvation, we place our trust in Christ and receive His mercy and grace. But as we walk in the Christian life, it’s easy to forget that we need His mercy and grace each and every day. We begin to trust in the things we do and forget that God sees us as righteous because of Christ’s finished work and mot our own works.
Ask God to give you a fresh vision of your daily need for Christ and His righteousness. Trust in the mercy and grace of God and leave those filthy rags behind.