The Eccentric Sheep Musings: We Can’t Save Ourselves
Have you ever felt like you can’t do enough? No matter how much work you do, it never feels like enough. Is that feeling of being a failure still there no matter many hours you pour into projects or how many directions you let yourself be pulled in? After a long day of both the voluntary and involuntary services completed, do you still find yourself feeling like you should have done more?
Enough is a difficult thing to attain on earth. Often, there is no such thing as enough. Satisfaction often evades us. So do not let it trouble you so much if you cannot reach ‘enough’ status…it is human nature for us to not find contentment at times.
However, if you are trying to feel like you have done enough service to God to feel saved and worthy of the blood of Jesus that covers you and all of your sins…that you will never find here. That’s okay though, you don’t have to worry about that one.
The book of Hebrews is incredible. One thing Hebrews taught me is that I can’t save myself. If you are one of those people that thinks you never do enough, this is a good book for you.
WE CAN’T SAVE OURSELVES.
“The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” (HEBREWS 10)
We were never going to be able to save ourselves with those laws. There was never going to be enough sacrifices to atone for our sins. You can’t do enough good deeds to save yourself. You will never pray enough or give enough to save yourself. It’s never going to happen. We are hopeless to save ourselves. There is not enough blood in the bodies of all the animals on earth to atone for your sins.
“11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” (HEBREWS 10)
That is why we need Jesus. Only Jesus can save us. We were incapable of saving ourselves this whole time, but God also had a plan this whole time. The blood of Jesus is the only blood that can save us. Jesus died to save you, and he’s at the right hand of God speaking on your behalf.
So when you feel like you aren’t good enough or doing enough, remember that you are never going to be able to save yourself with sacrifices and deeds. It’s impossible. Only Jesus can save you. Jesus came here to save YOU. You are worth saving. You are worth dying for.
It is good to always be seeking ways to do good and serve God, but do not be troubled by feelings of not doing enough because you feel you have to save yourself. Only Jesus can save you, and you were deemed worth saving long before you were even born. You were enough for him.