Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Older Son

"You can avoid Jesus as Savior by keeping all the moral laws.  If you do that, then you have 'rights'.  God owes you answered prayers, and a good life, and a ticket to heaven when you die.  You don't need a Savior who pardons you by free grace, for you are your own Savior.
This attitude is clearly that of the elder brother.... Religious people commonly live very moral lives, but their goal is to get leverage over God, to control him, to put him in a position where they think he owes them. ... If, like the elder brother, you believe that God ought to bless you and help you becasue you have worked so hard to obey him and be a good person, then Jesus may be your helper, your example, even your inspiration, but he is not your Savior.  You are serving as your own Savior."

- Tim Kellar, Prodigal God

Take note of those last few sentences.

Merry Christmas!

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