No Trying Necessary. Just Jesus.
Wed. September 16 - Matthew 21:44-46
44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”
45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
A high school basketball coach once told my teammates and I that he yelled a lot because he cared about us. Or put the opposite way, if he didn’t care about us then he wouldn’t yell at us to do better and try harder. That might have been true to a certain degree, but we all know that sooner or later you have to perform because merely trying is never good enough. Sooner or later the quarterback who keeps throwing interceptions will get benched. The student who keeps failing the test will get held back another year. The employee who does not accomplish as much as the others will get passed over for the job. Trying harder is not enough. But Jesus, the stone the builders rejected, falls on all our trying and crushes our every attempt to earn God’s love. You don't need to succeed. You don't even need to try! Instead, he freely gives us grace. No yelling necessary. He will always care.