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ARF! ARF!

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All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

I remember feeling sucker-punched the first few times I read that scripture.

All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

Let’s make it personal:

All my righteousnesses are as filthy rags. All YOUR righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

All your self-motivated accomplishments are as filthy rags.

All your self-motivated kindnesses are as filthy rags.

All your self-motivated sacrifices are as filthy rags.

All your works of the world are as filthy rags.

Jesus hammers this truth home when he states that none is good but God. Any good that we do is only because God is working through us. It’s God doing the good, not us. Any attempt we make to do good on our own, without God working through us, is like firing spiritual blanks. What Jesus is saying is that without God working through us, we are incapable of doing anything genuinely good or genuinely of any value, if what we do is self-motivated. Most people would balk at this (like being sucker-punched), but Jesus is absolutely bang-on. None is good but God, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

We born-agains are blessed to have God working through us all the time, if we choose for him to do that. He’s with us now, through his spirit, so there’s no excuse for not having him work through our fumbling fingers and tied tongues. We just have to remember to ask him. God won’t take the reins unless invited to do so, so invite him. Invite his input everywhere and always. Never do anything without his inspiration, and if he cautions against doing or saying something, heed him.

Heed him like a puppy in training. Sit. Heel. Roll over. Love your enemies. Choose to forgive. The more obedient you are to God’s directives, the faster your spiritual tail will be a-wagging. Hands down, the happiest creatures on any city sidewalk anywhere in the world are puppies out for a walk with their masters. Be God’s little puppy; be God’s good little happy puppy that heeds God alone.

All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

None is good but God.

ARF! ARF!

 

 


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