'...What must I do to be saved?' Acts 16:30 NIV
An old lady spent her first flight sitting forwards awkwardly in her chair, elbows firmly on both armrests, looking straight ahead for the whole journey. When the plane landed the passenger next to her asked if she'd enjoyed the flight. 'It was alright' she said, 'but I didn't put my whole weight on it...'
The punchline: We do the same thing when we try to get along with God based on our own awesomeness - by working harder, praying longer, having a super lovely personality, or whatever. But, there's no way to do work that's been done for us.
In the natural we will never be able to get along with God because all the wrong we've done. Sin stops us from seeing or wanting God by ourselves. We can't trust in our own ability to get on God's good side; we just don't have that ability, any more than old ladies can cruise at 30,000 feet of their own accord.
But God's done something about you. He loves you. He looked past His own right to judge you or punish you, and absolutely embraced you - on the cross. He did it, and only He did it. He took the sinless-ness of Jesus and gave it to you. The moment you place your trust in Jesus, you're flying, with something you can lean back into with your full weight, and the full acceptance of God bearing you up and onward.
So what now? Thanking God that 'He did it' and then singing a couple of worship songs is a good back-to-basics way to start the day looking in the right direction, towards Him.
SoulFood: 1 Chron 3:1 - 4:23; Luke 11:29-44; Ps 78:65-72; Pro 20:11-14