30th June 2013

Knock Yourself Out 

…God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for
Romans 5:8 (NIV UK) 

I read an interesting story about a boxer in the 1930s named C. D. “Bigboy” Blalock. Bigboy once fought a boxer from Mississippi whose name has long since been forgotten. In fact, it seems the only reason Bigboy’s name is remembered is because of what happened in that one fight. 

Now, Bigboy was a powerful man with a devastating round-house punch. He decided to try his big haymaker against the boxer from Mississippi, but at that very moment his opponent stepped in close. The crook of Bigboy’s elbow caught the man’s head causing Bigboy’s massive fist to arc around squarely into his own jaw. Bigboy went down for the count—the only boxer we know of who literally knocked himself out. 

Just like Bigboy and his big round-house punch, some of us make the Christian life far harder than it needs to be. We knock ourselves out instead of trusting God to be our all in all. We are God’s beloved children because Jesus saves sinners—not because we are good at landing powerful punches against sin. 

We can stop worrying about whether we will “make it”. We already have—not because we fought sin long and hard, but because Jesus is our righteousness. In Jesus, and in Jesus alone, God and humanity are one—reconciled. We are sinless only because we stand in Christ, not because of some spiritual right hook that we might think we have. 

God does not save righteous people! He only saves sinners who trust him. That is the way, only way, that you and I can be counted among the saved: by facing the truth that we are sinners—no better than any sinner, and then trusting God to save us. 

We cannot be saved by being good. We cannot be saved by avoiding the bad. We cannot be saved by being more good than bad. There’s no need to knock yourself out—that won’t save you! 

You cannot be saved by anything you do at all. You are saved only one way—by God’s grace. The only way you can enter into and enjoy that salvation is by taking God at his word, that is, by believing the good news. 

Merciful Father, thank you for taking our reconciliation and redemption in hand. Through you, that is, through your Son, we can be brought back into communion with you. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach


 joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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