Letters to Jesus (Recognizing What's Important)-12
I do not find it objectionable to regard the thoughts and actions we consider “good” as meaningless in terms of salvation. I do, however, find the thoughts and actions we consider “bad” as bearing directly on salvation. If we believe that by Your cross and resurrection each one of us is saved, then how can we be more saved by doing “good?”
The crux of the matter for mankind is acceptance. The faith connoted by our acceptance of the fact that You have saved us is not activated by our good works. What our good works are, are acts of love and gratitude to You for our salvation. If we wholeheartedly accept You and believe in what You taught and what You did, then the good that we do is nothing more than the way we have of acknowledging our love and gratitude for You. That alone is their meaning. They do not save us;but they most assuredly follow upon our acceptance of and belief inYour salvation.
The “bad” that we do is of grave consequence. It connotes our rejection of Your salvation. Each bad act or fault is a connotativeassault on the disposition of acceptance. The “bad” that we do works on severing us from that disposition.We dispose ourselves to the acceptance of salvation by the good we do. We dispose ourselves to the rejection of salvation by the bad we do. Therefore, since salvation is already in place, it seems our concern for weeding out the bad things in our lives should be our main focus; and weeding them out is a good thing, a thing that acknowledges our love for You.
I think the reason I’m telling You this is because I often find myself choosing what is good because I think it scores “points” for me in The Good Book instead of choosing the good simply as a way of showing You I love You. The disastrous thing about this is that even within the context of choosing the good I often choose the bad. This luke-warmness neither shows my love nor my rejection. It’s a way of burying my light beneath a bushel basket. My faith in You and my acceptance of Your salvation is shown by my love for You; and my love for You is shown by my good actions toward all the others You have also saved. Establishing the primacy of love and good in the world in this way is the hallmark of Your kingdom and the re-perfection of mankind.