You Rescue Me

My husband tells me that I latch on to a song every six months and that's all I listen to. I guess the song I really enjoy right now is "You recue me" by Salvador.  This song describes giving up my righteousness and allowing God to rescue me. The Lord reminds me that it is only by grace that I am saved and through His grace I am rescued. I must give up my self-righteousness and come before the throne of God through His Grace.

Striving for self righteousness is common in our churches today. Not long after folks give their hearts to the Lord they are given training and placed into a long list of church duties. I've seen this in my life. Church leaders are quick to sign people up as a greeters, add them to a nursery list and encourage them to attend meetings seven days a week. These Christians learn to busy themselves with church work and neglect what God has called them to do.

They are told that they need to make time for Jesus and they feel guilty if they have to set a church duty aside to do it.  They are just too busy to read the Bible, they neglect their families and they never have time to stand in the yard and visit a neighbor. How can we reach our neighbors for Christ when we continually run to another meeting? We believe we are in the will of God and this becomes our righteousness. Where does our righteousness come from?

There is another group of people who consider themselves good. There are many good people in this world today. Some of them call themselves Christians and some of them do not. These folks believe that goodness bridges the gap between them and God.  Some say things like, "We believe that we can only enter heaven by grace and mercy". I agree with this whole heartily. But who provides our grace and who provides our mercy? Some believe their good works bridge the gap between them and God. But who is goodness and who is righteousness?

Self righteousness says that we should be busy and never ask questions.  Man's righteousness rises up like walls. Soon we are in a dark pit with steep walls surrounding us. Man likes to do everything on his own. He is quick to listen when a pastor or a religion teaches that our righteousness requires us to follow a set of rules or belong to a group of people. Condemnation comes when we fail to work harder than the next fellow. The walls rise up around us in darkness. We live hopeless, endless lives.

God never intended us to live this way. He sent grace and mercy through his son Christ Jesus. This is where our righteousness comes from. God comes along and rescues us out of this man made pit. He shows us that we are rescued only by his grace and his blood.

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.  Romans 3:21-26 (NIV)

Jesus came because we need His Righteousness.

When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Mark 2:17

Christ Jesus is the answer to all of these questions. He is grace, he is mercy, he is goodness, and he is our righteousness. He freely gave all these to us who believe.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7

We can't presume that we have the answer just because we belong to a church or do good works. We must begin a relationship with Christ Jesus before we have any of these. There comes a time in our life when we MUST accept what Christ did on the cross. We must choose to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and ask him to forgive our attempts to obtain righteousness on our own. Simply pray and ask Christ Jesus to forgive your sins and come and revive our spirit with his life.

Consider Salvador's song again.

"You give me clarity, you give me strength. So now I give up my righteousness and totally surrender to your grace."

By Salvador; from the album Aware

I now come and ask you Jesus to be a part of my day on a daily basis. I invite you to be part of my day. I am sure along the way I will still need rescuing. I know without a shadow of doubt that you will rescue me. You have my back and front covered. Praise Jesus from whom all blessing flow.