If I am accepted by God because of my good karma or my “sacrifices” for the church then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me. I would be like a taxpayer with ‘rights’. We can negotiate. I have paid my offerings, put in a sermon once a month and the job is done - now I deserve from God a certain quality of life. It’s like a contract. I’ve done my part of the deal so there’s a limit to what God can ask. Or I can expect something from Him in return.
But if I am a sinner saved by sheer grace alone – then there’s nothing he cannot ask of me. There’s no room to bargain. Everything that I have now belongs to Him. Nothing is really mine, anymore. I am not my own, I was bought with a price, I was purchased with the previous blood of Jesus Christ. Now we belong to the One who gave up everything for us.
I stand in Judgment now,
And feel that you’re to blame somehow.
Never did you point the way.
You knew the Lord in truth and glory,
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim;
You could have led me safe to Him.
Though we lived together on earth,
You never told me of the second birth,
And now I stand this day condemned,
Because you failed to mention Him.
You taught me many things, that’s true.
I called you “friend” and trusted you,
But I learn now that it’s too late,
You could have kept me from this fate.
We walked by day and talked by night,
And yet you showed me not the Light.
You let me live, and love, and die,
You knew I’d never live on high.
Yes, I called you “friend” in life,
And trusted you through joy and strife.
And yet on coming to the end,
I cannot, now, call you “My Friend.”
Is the Light we must share
Is the Light that illumines the darkness
The promises kept
Give us strength to accept
This burden of bearing the Light
He will walk beside us
A strong friend, Barnabas
He will be that sure shoulder to lean on
The promise we share
Is our burdens to bear
And our Light tells the darkness to be gone
He will come after me
A young Timothy
Looking for someone to guide him
I will kindle his Light
Make him strong for the fight
I will promise to be there beside him
The great need of us all
A true mentor, a Paul
Who has traveled the road that's before us
He has made good the pledge
To take the Light on ahead
We can follow his footsteps before us