Your attempts to self-justify are no longer valid. God has fully justified you.
Tullian Tchividjian, IT Is Finished
I’ve often been in a group conversation and had to justify myself on some topic. Sometimes the reasoning is silly while other times it’s fully valid. One of the beautiful things about people who truly love and care for you is, you lose the need to justify yourself.
I have gone to God many times with a “self-justifying” scenario.
- “Look at what I did to make you more famous.”
- “I’ve done my 30/30 for 5 days straight.”
- “I bought food for the homeless yesterday.”
- “I got to opportunity preach for my church.”
It doesn’t matter the scenario. I want to contribute to my salvation so bad that I try to pay the One who paid it all. It’s like trying to force the waiter/waitress at a restaurant to run your debit card and pay for the meal that’s already been paid.
Your self-justification scenarios aren’t bad, they’re just not necessary. God doesn’t need your good works. He’s fully capable of handling your salvation without your input.
I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.
Galatians 5:4-6, Message