September 22, 2004

 

Look at Me!

(grace vs. self)

 

Look at Me!

see how well I am doing your will

Look at me, it will please you

See how I keep your day of rest

Did you notice the size of that cheque?

Observe that I avoid what insults you

and feast on what I know I do

Do you mind if I point out my prayers

or call attention to my holy living?

 

and yet my words seem dry and pointless

reflective of the bondage that I endure

within these tattered walls that hold me fast

yet to them I cling, for in them I have comfort

in the knowledge that I can save myself

am in control

have no fear of strangeness

 

where is the grace I have been promised?

 

I take the path well trodden

my own footsteps mingling with countless peers

within walls offering the reassurance of definition

 

"Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."

But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith."

Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them."

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law

 

ignoring the open doorway

and its pathway paved in blood

 

It is hard to let go of self and let grace to

redeem us but that is what we all must do.

 

Scripture from Galatians 4:10-13