If It Were Up to Us (Poem)
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
If it were up to us, then all that Jesus did was nothing but a fuss,
If it were up to us, then we are more than just dust,
If it were up to us, what do we need Jesus for? If there was really nothing to restore.
But no! Who are we to say we can? When all we can is be sinful man.
But no! God showed His mercy and did not let us perish---what we rightfully deserve.
He saved us with His nail-scarred hands.
Because of His love, we were preserved.
Forgiven? All because Jesus took the penalty of our sin.
Righteous? All because Christ had nothing more to lose.
Justified? All because Christ was crucified.
A child of God? All because God so LOVED. God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Read His word and revel in His holiness. Know God, Believe in His Son.
Join in the blessed race, where nothing will go to waste, for it has always been and always will be, only by His GRACE.
And with that GRACE and all of Him, we will one day, behold His Holy face.
Soli Deo Gloria
"You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you," said the Lion.
-C.S Lewis (The Silver Chair, Chronicles of Narnia)
“Self-sufficiency is the enemy of salvation. If you are self-sufficient, you have no need of God. If you have no need of God, you do not seek Him. If you do not seek Him, you will not find Him.”
― William Nicholson, Shadowlands
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
― C S Lewis
“And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity