If God has gotten a hold of your life and you’ve allowed him to transform you from the inside out, your life may look totally different than it used to. One danger is that those who are faithful and obedient may fall into the trap of feeling a bit self-righteous. The Holy Spirit can break addictions, influence your circumstances, and inspire you to walk in obedience. But I encourage you to not let your transformed life blind you to the truth – that we, including you, still need to blood of Jesus and the forgiveness of sins, just like everyone else. Remember the story in Exodus? On the 10th plague, God told Moses to have the Israelites smear the blood of a lamb without defect on the doorposts of each of their houses because God was planning to kill the firstborn in every house of the Egyptians. Exodus 12:13 says:
"The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt."
Just like the lamb’s blood, we have to remember that it is the blood of Jesus that makes us righteous, not our own deeds. When things are going well in our walk with God, it is easy to compare our lives to other believers and non-believers, and pride can make us feel as if we’re somehow better than other people. We can never forget that if we don’t have the blood of Jesus on the doorposts of our hearts, it doesn’t matter how good we think we are, we would be on a path to hell. It is only the blood of Jesus that saves us – that sets us apart from anyone else on earth who will face destruction. So, let us not deceive ourselves.
Just like the smearing of lamb’s blood on the doorposts of the Israelites houses saved them from God’s wrath, so does the blood of Jesus save us from eternal damnation. It really has nothing to do with how good we are. It is by grace through faith that we are saved. So, we shouldn’t fall into the trap of looking down on others who aren’t as obedient as we may be in our walk with Christ. It’s great if your walk is strong. And if your walk is not, this truth doesn’t give you a license to sin. But when we boil it down, it all starts with the blood – without which not you, not me, no one could enter heaven.