This is what God gave me today in His word:
While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table. The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? (Luke 11:37-40)
Jesus has died to take our greed and wicked nature from us, and so what was said to this Pharisee can never be said of a child of God. However, it is possible, even somewhat common, for Christians to somewhat neglect their Spirit, in favor of attempting to earn “brownie points” with God by doing good works. Obviously “good works” in of them-self are perfectly fine, but it’s when we attempt to earn favor with God, and neglect to keep our Spirit pure (I’ll explain what I mean by that in a minute), that there’s a problem.
When we sin, it’s defiling to our Spirit. We could do a thousand good works, a hundred thousand, even a billion “good works”, and it still wouldn’t account for one sin.–Imagine trying to clean a stain with a dirty rag, and you’ll get a good idea of the effect that good works has on the stain that sin always leaves in our Spirit. Which is precisely why we cannot sin, and expect to be able to clean it up some how by doing good of any kind. There is only one thing which can overcome the stain of sin, and that is the blood of Jesus! Our efforts, our good works, are nothing. We can’t possibly hope to ever erase the stain of even one sin, much less the thousands that we’ve accumulated over the years. No, our only hope is in Christ.
The point being this: let’s not grow to be like the Pharisees were.-Seemingly clean and spotless on the outside, but inwardly rotting away. Instead, let’s turn to Jesus, ask Him to take away our desire to sin, and cleanse us in His blood.
You are Loved!