Self-Deception

“For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Gal. 6:3)

This is a possibility for anyone who is saved by grace and involved in doing good works. The problem of grace for many is that it is just that. Unmerited, undeserved and an absolute gift. We simply do not like to think that we are nothing. Our entire culture is centered on finding ways to show that we are somebody. And the smaller we see ourselves, the more we want to accomplish something or do something that will prove the world wrong.

That leads us to think we are something by doing something or accomplishing something. If we can do good works (we think) like bearing another’s burdens, that counts and puts the proverbial star in our crown. There is then a danger in basking in our “spiritual” deeds, in seeing ourselves superior to the brother caught in a transgression.

We are something when in Christ, and we are nothing out of Christ. We are something when we recognize that we operate by the power of the Spirit and we are noting when we think that we are operating on our own goodness. This is because there is no such thing as “our goodness.” Without the spirit of Christ operating within us, we are the same as the brother caught in the transgression.

Task for Today: Understand that without Him you are nothing. You bring nothing to the relationship but sins. Boast only in the cross and the blood of Jesus. Keep watch on yourself lest you start thinking “Look at me, see what I have done.”

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