Apr 22, 2013
It’s deadly. It’s subtle. And it’s in all of us.
Self-righteousness means thinking there’s something in us which deserves God’s mercy, something in us which earns His grace.
We would never state it quite so bluntly. In fact, we don’t usually say it at all.
But in our hearts we’re thinking —
- God owes me, because I go to church.
- I deserve an answer to my prayer, because I read the Bible.
- God should help me, because of all I’ve suffered.
- God will hear me, because my doctrine is biblical.
- God should love me, because I’m better than others.
What’s Wrong With These Statements?
What’s wrong is that, because of my sin, there is nothing in me which deserves God’s mercy. In myself, all I deserve is God’s judgment forever (Psa 130:3).
So how can I receive mercy? It’s not because of anything in me. It’s because of someone else — Jesus Christ.
It’s because Jesus paid for sin’s guilt on the Cross, and lived a life of perfect righteousness. And when I look to Him by faith, all my guilt is forgiven by His death, and all my sin is covered by His righteousness (Rom 3:25; 2Cor 5:21; Eph 2:8-9).
But if I think there’s something in me which deserves God’s mercy, then I’m trusting in myself, and not in Jesus. Which means I won’t receive God’s mercy.
That’s why we must kill self-righteousness.
Just As I Am
The song “Just As I Am” can help you kill self-righteousness.
The point of the song is that the only way I can ever come to God is “just as I am” — recognizing that I am a sinner in need of Jesus’ blood to cleanse me and Jesus’ righteousness to clothe me.
And when we come to God in this way, trusting only in Jesus’ blood and righteousness, then God —
- forgives us (1 John 1:9)
- clothes us in Jesus’ perfect righteousness (Phil 3:9)
- runs to us (Luk 15:20)
- loves us (1 John 3:1)
- adopts us (Eph 1:5)
- changes us (Eph 2:4-5)
- satisfies us (John 6:35)
- frees us (John 8:36)
- guides us (Psa 139:23-24)
- provides for us (Phil 4:19)
- strengthens us (Phil 4:13)
- assures us (Rom 8:15-16)
So kill any lingering self-righteousness by praying this song “Just As I Am.”
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