Thursday, December 21, 2006


"First seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness" was voiced by Jesus in "The Sermon". The kingdom part is obvious. We want to be about "My Father's business", but why His righteousness?

We are to seek His because ours won't do....ever. Our combined right way of doing things...any things...many things....will never meet the standards of God. Never. Not even close. Until one accepts this fact, he will forever be seeking the kingdom on his own righteous standard....and he'll never find the kingdom. The kingdom is a wonderful secret buried in front of only the surrendered eyes.

I am a louse. Fact. I am not close to shoring up a couple of my strengths in order to impress Him...or you. I can't cut it. Jesus rightness cuts it. God switched out my sour rightness with Jesus's sweet rightness while Jesus wasn't looking on the cross!

Am I right with God? Oh, yeah! But never because of anything I do, but because of all He did. "He made Him who knew no sin be sin on our behalf that we might be come the righteousness of God(II Cor. 5:21)." I am right---not on the basis of how good I've done, but---on the basis of how wrong Jesus became on the cross.

"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy....(Titus 3:5)"

The only ones saved are all who reach a clear understanding we cannot save ourselves.


Gilbert Kerrigan said...

Excellent thoughts! I'm reminded of a story I once heard about a Pharisee and a tax collector that went up to the temple to pray...

Anonymous said...

Terry in this never ending eye opening education I am as well reminded of what Peter had to say as recorded in 2 Peter 1:5-11.

Shane's Dad

Anonymous said...

Amen and Amen. He is Everything! We are nothing without Him! Praise God for His compassion and His mercy. We so don't deserve them.

Thanks for your encouraging words on my blog this morning. I love the "If it is to be, it is up to Him." I have to just release it all to Him and know that He will take care of what "needs to be". Thanks Terry... I love you friend!

Stoogelover said...

Are you sure you are church of Christ? When people ask me that question, I say, "Not all of it."

Anyway, your blog reminds me of a comment I heard by a preacher who had been a missionary to some village in Africa. He was preaching out of Romans and said the native language of that village "translated" justified as:
"God, he say I'm right." And we are, but only because he say we're right!