One thing I love/semi-hate about Jesus coming to live the life we should be living, and dying the death that we should die, is that he didn't come to make good people better. Instead, He did those things to make dead people alive!
I mean wouldn't it be easier to look at a chart of good deeds, or a list of tasks to cross off then find where you are on the scale of perfection? You would get a real visual of what you needed to cross off next to bump yourself up just that little bit more. It'd be a way to see where you need improvement and also a way you could show off all your good deeds. I know I would really love it because I love making lists and I LOVE crossing things off! But... if that's what Jesus were all about I'd probably be a worse person than I already am. First; I would look down at all those beneath me on the "How Close You Are Getting to What God Wants" chart(I'm pretty sure that would be its official title) and secondly; I'd be exhausting myself trying to catch up to those above me... feeling like it's impossible to ever do enough, which it is. This is why I only semi-hate what Jesus did. I would like the part of being able to cross things off, and the part of patting myself on the back, but would hate to see all those doing better than me and never being able to catch up, then having them look down on me!
It's why I am so grateful that Jesus doesn't work like that! I'm glad there isn't an official chart or a list for me to cross off... My only gauge is to simply trust in Him.
Sure, I say it's simple but truly its scary. Jesus, I solely trust in you and I love you because you are who you are, and not because of the luxuries you offer in heaven... BAM! Your are forgiven, adopted, accepted, wiped clean...
You simply surrender everything.
It's surgery. When you go for surgery you are at the will of your surgeon. You can't dictate how you will lie or the way you want it done; you have to trust the surgeon. You surrender, and no matter how small the surgery, IT'S SCARY!
Jesus has come to make dead people alive and the only way that happens is if you surrender. You have to say... Jesus here is my life. I surrender my will... I try to be a "good" person, but once I think I'm doing great I feel and treat others as if I'm superior. I judge them. Talk behind their backs, and so on and so on. I can't make myself holy. I can't change my heart. I need you to take over and perform surgery. Give me a new heart and replace it with a living heart.... one that lives not myself, but for you.
The Gospel invites you come as you are, but sends you out, after a heart replacement, different. Jesus makes you new.