There is a great story that is told about Charles Spurgeon, who, after preaching a sermon, was approached by a woman from the congregation. She looked at him, and said with disdain, “You are most unholy preacher I have ever heard!” As the story is told, Spurgeon turned to an elder next to him and said, with a smile, “And she doesn’t even know the half of it!”
Isn’t that liberating! We do not have to weave a righteousness of our own. We do not have to point to any good thing that we have done in order to be fully and completely justified in the sight of God. Whatever someone thinks negatively about me, the good news is that they don’t know the half of it! But God knows all of it. And in light of that, gave Jesus to be the propitiation for the depths of my sinfulness. This is why the gospel so emphatically tells us that when it comes to God’s grace, we don’t know the half of it!
So, this is a call to put Hebrews 10:22-23 into practice: “22Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”