I never thought I would find this verse comforting:
Psalm 14:3 – But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one!
Our efforts are worthless. Our work is for nothing. Any earning we try to do will gain us nothing. Doing things just to be “moral” won’t get us anywhere.
Why is this good news? Why is this comforting to me? Because it means I can finally relax. God will make the changes in me needed to stop my sin. God will do the work. I just need to hang out with Him. Spend time with Him. Feast on him. Drink of Him.
John 7:37b-38 – Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.“
I connect with Christ, and he flows out. That’s it. No more struggle. No more strain. No more heavy work. Believe, accept, and he does the changing!
John 1:12 – But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
Man, this is amazingly good stuff!