November 21, 2020 - We love to do things. We can’t stop doing. Work, play, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep, and hit repeat. We are so caught up with doing something that on the days we kick back and hide from the world, those days when we seek to disconnect, we are still doing something. On the next day we are asked by our friends what we did, and we answer with a smile or with shame that we did nothing.
It runs deep in us, this desire to do. This desire is found in religion as well. Do the prayer, do the ritual, do the right thing, do the right sacrifice, do the right works. It might be easy to wag the finger at teachers of what is called the prosperity gospel, but we must realize that such a movement did not appear out of thin air. It is my opinion that the aforementioned movement and many others can all in one way or another fit under the category of works-based religion, a focus on the doing and resting on what we do.
So, when temptation comes, what are we to do? If you read Matthew 18:7-9 by itself, you may think we out to remove our feet or take out an eye if they cause us to sin. The good news is we don’t read those verses alone. Jesus is making the point that if removing an eye actually stopped you from sinning then you should remove it, the problem is that it won’t stop you from sinning so it is pointless. Although the bar is high, eye removal is something to do! What we read in the Gospel of Matthew is that doing that won’t stop the real issue. No matter how we try to do and how much we try to remove the stain of sin by ourselves what remains is still a sinner.
That is why the classical, reformed, and protestant response has firmly been that we ought to instead look to what has been done for us. We look to Christ and what He has done. Do not cut of your leg or remove your eye but look at the finished work of Christ. As habitual failures at doing, we rest in what has been done.
Pastor’s Corner is a column from Pastor Wynter Sturtevant III of the Mariposa Reformed Baptist Church.
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