Faith · Grace

On The Verge Of Falling

Last year, I found this video clip of Rich Mullins talking about where he puts his faith. 

It spoke to my heart, and I wrote the following response to it. 

I love how Rich Mullins put it –  ”I would rather live on the verge of falling & let my security be in the all-sufficiency of the grace of God than to live in some kind of pietistic illusion of moral excellence.”

How many of us live in a pietistic illusion of our own moral excellence?  I know I’ve been guilty of that.

Then he said, “My faith isn’t in the idea that I am more moral than anybody else. My faith is in the idea that God and His love are greater than whatever sins any of us commit.”

Let that sink in.  I have been thinking about it all morning.

When I focus on my own behavior, even my own good behavior, then my focus is not on God.  We Christians can make an idol out of morally good behavior.  We can behave as if our faith is in our own morality.

Whereas, if I live on the verge of falling, then I am constantly aware of my own weakness.  I am constantly aware that I am fully reliant on God.  I am constantly aware of His love that far surpasses the extent of my sins.  And that’s a good place to be.

If I live on the verge of falling, then -to paraphrase one of Rich Mullins’ songs- then if I stand, I stand on the promise that Christ will pull me through, and if I fall, then I fall on the grace that first brought me to Christ.  Either way, my focus is on Christ and He gets the glory.

Do you agree with Rich Mullins? Have you ever lived in the illusion of your own moral excellence? What’s your favorite Rich Mullins’ song? 

2 thoughts on “On The Verge Of Falling

  1. Such a merciful God, to allow me to read this this morning. I often live in the illusion of my own moral excellence. “If I Stand” is one of my favorites of his! “My Deliverer” is another. But it’s so hard to pick a favorite, you know? 🙂


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