168.1 A Fool to Represent Yourself

“My neighbor,” Stan began, “the one who is an attorney, reminded me the other day of the old adage about a lawyer who represents himself being a fool.”

“Did he do something foolish?” I asked.

“Well,” Stan replied, “he did not go into a lot of detail, but let’s just say he did something he wished he hadn’t.”

Continuing, he said, “Just like so very many things in this life, there is almost always a spiritual application.”

“You got one here?” I asked.

“Yeah,” Stan replied, “more than one, but we will just cover one this morning.”

“I was a fool for ever thinking I could represent myself before God and heal the difference that existed between God and me.”

“That would be like trying to work your way to heaven,” I responded.

“That’s right,” Stan replied, “and not only is that impossible, anything I try to do on my own to represent myself before God is foolish.”

“Only through the finished work of Christ on the cross can I be reconciled to God.  He is the one who represents me before the Father.”

“I cannot represent myself.  And to even try is to play the part of a fool.”

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Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:18.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for providing the way for me to be reconciled to you.  Thank you for giving me the truth that there is nothing I can do to represent myself before you.  I give you all of me to do with as you want to complete in me the knowledge that in everything I must rely on being represented by Christ alone.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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