There’s good news for those of us who are having a hard time “doing” the Christian life. It’s impossible for you. You can’t do it. In fact, God never intended for you to do it. That’s because Jesus Christ already accomplished all the “doing” that will ever need to be done to make you acceptable and beloved before the heavenly Father.
Recently on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Praise the Lord ministry and talk show, TBN hosts Matthew Crouch and Laurie Crouch welcomed Christian counselor and conference speaker Elyse Fitzpatrick, who talked about the importance of getting past our penchant for performance in our quest for God’s best.
“The gospel is supposed to be good news,” Elyse pointed out to the TBN audience. “But most of us have been convinced over the course of our Christian life that there is some bad news to face once we are all in.”
Elyse recalled that she did not grow up in a Christian home, “and I used to go to sleep at night crying and praying — event though I did not believe at the time — that somehow when I woke up the next morning I would be a better person and would be forgiven.”
Elyse said that when she became a Christian at age 21, “at that moment it was good news, because I learned that there was someone who loved me — and not only loved me but forgave me.”
But she added, “then I quickly entered into the ‘Christian life,’ where the good news was replaced by all of these things I was told I had to do to be okay. If I wasn’t able to end the day feeling that I had done well by completing all of these duties and obligations, then somehow I felt I was missing it.”
Added Elyse: “You see, there’s this bait and switch that we give to new Christians, that causes so many of them — particularly young people — to leave the church. They end up saying things like, ‘Christianity works for you, but it doesn’t work for me’ — which to my way of thinking translates, ‘I can’t do this.’
“But the wonderful message of the gospel is, ‘Right! You can’t do it. Someone named Jesus did it for you. Flee to Him, run to Him.’ That’s the good news that will sustain us.”