Archive for December, 2010

7th December
2010
written by Alden

Many Christians live their lives trying to overcome feelings that they are not measuring up to a perceived set of standards. They either succeed in performing an occasionally impressive collection of dead works, or kill their faith trying.

The truth is, we can’t measure up. The Law kills us every time. Trying to measure up is a sure path to failure and condemnation.

My aunt had this plaque hanging in her kitchen that said, “Only one life / will soon to pass / only what’s done / for Christ will last.”  It sounds very religious, which it is. However, it’s not true.

What it should say is, “Only what’s done by Christ will last.”

All of our efforts to measure up are wood, hay and stubble (1 Cor. 3:12). Dead works. However, if we believe that Christ has measured up for us, then what we do becomes something else entirely. We are then motivated by love and faith rather than by doubt or self-righteous fantasies, doing good works—those laid out by Christ in advance—rather than dead works.

We have enough cemeteries the way it is.

1st December
2010
written by Alden

Truth is indeed too good for men to believe; they must dilute it before they can take it; they must dilute it before they dare give it. They must make it less true before they can believe it enough to get any good of it…Unable to believe in the forgivingness of their father in heaven, they invented a way to be forgiven that should not demand of him so much; which might make it right for him to forgive; which should save them from having to believe downright in the tenderness of his fatherheart, for that they found impossible. ~George MacDonald, “Justice”

Check out the new post at aldenswan.com, “George MacDonald: Truth is too good to believe.”