“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6
For the Saint or the sinner, the doing of good things does not make us good. Doing righteous things do not make us righteous. The world and the majority of the church will do many righteous things for the world…but this does not make one righteous in the eyes of God. The self righteousness of the religious from their many good works are as filthy rags in the eyes of God. Many of the religious centers today would have the church labor and toil in the world for the sake of righteousness with no regards to the doctrine being expounded from the pulpit. Look at dear Mother Theresa, she labor and toiled and did many good things in the world but in her last days she didn’t even know if there was a God. Here is a quote from her biography:
“I call, I cling, I want – and there is no one to answer – no one on whom I can cling – No, no one. Alone…where is my faith – even deep down right in there is nothing but emptiness and darkness – my God – how painful is this unknown pain – I have no faith – I dare not utter the words and thoughts that crowd in my heart – and make me suffer untold agony.
So many unanswered questions live within me afraid to uncover them – because of the blaspheme – If there be God – please forgive me…“, Mother Theresa, Come Be My Light.
All of the righteous works the modern church promotes today are the result of religion not Grace. Forgive me for being strong here but many are being used as useful idiots for their good works to promote the church…not pointing people to God. Just because the modern church labels it Christianity, doesn’t mean we should equate it with the work of God. It’s not.
“7 And there is none who calls upon Your Name, that stirs up himself to take hold of You: for You have hid Your face from us, and have consumed us, because of our iniquities.
8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; and we all are the work of Your Hand.” Isaiah 64:7-8.
If we are to be God’s workmanship, our faith needs to be in His Work…not our works to obtain righteousness. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin in the Believer’s life, we give the Holy Spirit latitude to move in our hearts and lives. As we submit to God’s plan for victory, faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we are the clay…we are the work of the Potter’s Hand.
It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to open doors that no man can shut and shut doors that no man can open. The good works will follow those who deny themselves and follow Jesus Christ. He WILL author and finish our faith if we will simply believe and the works that will manifest, our fruit, will be profitable for the work of God…not the work of religion. God will be exalted, not the religious organization.
“But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20.
Dead faith produces dead works. “Good” or “righteous” works does not make one righteous, it makes them self righteous. The good works wrought in the Believer through faith in Jesus Christ will bring one to their knees in humility and effectively cause them to ask the Lord, “Who am I, that You are mindful of me?”.
“7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know Him, and the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;” Philippians 3:7-10.
-Donna Clark Warren