Attempting to Save Ourselves

"But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed." -Matthew 27:14

When Jesus stands condemned he does not attempt to save himself. He could, of course, have saved himself. But he chose not to act like it and the response from pilate was amazement. 

This makes me wonder how much we as believers know we cannot save ourselves yet we still live like we can. If we truly lived like we were unable to save ourselves our lives would probably characterized by something much different than self-righteousness. And would this not cause those around us to be amazed?

Ultimately everyone around us is trying to save themselves. Whether they are even aware they are in need of saving is of little importance, because they all are living like they're seeking justification. But are we trying to save ourselves too?

Why aren't more people amazed at the way we live our lives fearless at the coming judgement? We know who will justify us, and that the justification will be (already is) perfect, so how do we live it?

Kingdom Institutions and Kingdom Legacies. The Kingdom of God, People. The Kingdom.

To piggyback off the last post, I spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to be Kingdom minded rather than world-minded, or worldly. It occurs to me that our seeking worldly ambition is really seeking a legacy in the world.

Our desires are often based around wanting to leave behind a institution which can be seen, felt, and remembered by the world. Churches want buildings that will last, or preachers want to leave behind a name for themselves. Organizations like my own seek to leave behind teams that will self-perpetuate in certain places so they can point at it and say with pride, "Look at what we've done. It's measurable by it's very physical presence in this world."

But if we're serious about the Kingdom, then the institutions we should care about are Kingdom institutions. And I suspect these are primarily people. Seeking a legacy isn't a bad thing; but it can be if misplaced in the world rather than the Kingdom. The institutions we are to desire to leave behind are God honoring Kingdom institutions. We are to have a Kingdom-view, not a world-view. But Kingdom institutions are less pretty in our measurements, and more difficult to show to our bosses with pride. They lack a physical tangible presence that can be easily pointed to, and seen by others, but they are nonetheless very real in the Kingdom of God.

More importantly, and perhaps most difficult for us to grasp, Kingdom legacies and institutions seldom stroke our pride or make us feel like we're accomplishing much for the Lord.