When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17 (NLT)
Yesterday, after saving for months, I got a new computer—the fastest, slickest, most advanced hardware on the market today. It’s a thing of beauty; does everything except toast bread, and I will bet that if the engineers could have worked in a broiler, it would have done that too. So this morning I hopped out of bed, ready to fire up my new screamer and surf the Internet like a pro. I switched it on and . . . my home network was down.
So, while I am sitting on the phone, forty-five minutes into my wait time for technical support, I thought I’d write about the importance of a firm faith foundation. It was either that or talking about how grateful I am that the Lord forgives cussing.
I know we’ve all seen those perfect Christians—the ones with gleaming teeth, perfect hair and lovely wardrobes. They can quote chapter and verse out of the Bible, though they usually stay away from the unseemly ones. They are quick to pray for you, but never need you to pray for them. Because, you know, perfect hair.
Now, I don’t think Christ has anything against nice looks or memorizing Bible verses, and He is certainly in favor of praying with your fellow Christians. Yet, I have seen people work so hard to maintain an outward appearance of holiness that they neglect the messy foundations of our faith. Things like: “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23), or “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Or the above quote by Jesus as from Mark, which was so essential that it is recorded by Matthew (9:13) and Luke (5:32). In other words, if you are relying on your outward success and appearance, or anything other than a relationship with Jesus Christ, you are standing on quicksand.
My network connection is now back up, and my shiny new computer is cruising the internet with ease. But I’m not fooled. My computer is useless without a good Internet connection—just as useless as I am when I stand on anything besides my gratitude to God for redeeming a sinner like me.
Today, I urge you to examine what or who you are relying on. If it is anything other than the saving grace of Jesus Christ, I invite you to talk to your Christian friends, or call us at the Glennon House. The Lord doesn’t care if you are perfect—He just wants you to be honest with Him. And, unlike my home network, He never goes down!