Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Christless attempts at change

David Powlison reminds us of how pointless and short-sighted are the attempts of truly successful living apart from the work of Christ. All the self-help books in the world fall short of really helping in this area.

"Successful living without grace describes mere self-reformation: get your act together, save your marriage, get off your duff and get a job. Failure in living describes failed self-efforts: when you can’t get a grip, you despair. Christless, grace-less attempts at change conclude either with the praise of your own glory or with your shame.”

-David Powlison, Seeing With New Eyes, pg. 48

or as Crowder says:

"Here we are
Bandaged and bruised
Awaiting a cure...
Here You are
Our beautiful King
Bringing relief...
You're the remedy..."

-David Crowder, Remedy