“Nothing in my hands I bring; simply to thy cross I cling.” – Augustus Toplady, Rock of Ages
This is the cry of all who are saved by grace and mercy of God. In fact, these words are the only acceptable saving plea before God. We are not accepted on the basis of our works or our obedience. Rather, we are only accpted on the basis of Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection. I pray we would all joyfully embrace the cry of Paul in Philippians 3:8-9
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (9) and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–
Church family, joy is found in being empty handed. The sooner we let go of our striving to please God and embrace the finsihed work of Christ on our behalf, the sooner joy will be a consistent mark in our individual lives and in the life of our faith family.
My prayer is we will come together as a family empty handed!