Do or Done

By C. H. Mackintosh


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"There is a wide difference between your religion and mine," said a Christian lady to one in whose spiritual condition she had long been interested. "Indeed," said he, "how is that?" "Your religion," she replied, "has only two letters in it, and mine has four."


It seems that this gentleman was one of that numerous class who are seeking to get to heaven by their doings, by attention to ordinances and ceremonies, by what the apostle, in the 9th chapter of Hebrews, terms "dead works." But he did not understand about the "two letters" or the "four." His friend had often spoken to him and on the occasion to which our anecdote refers she had called to take her leave of him for some time, as she was about to go from home.


"What do you mean," said he, "by two letters and four?"


"Why, your religion," said the lady, "is d-o DO; whereas mine is D-O-N-E." This was all that passed. The lady took her leave; but her words remained and did their work in the soul of her friend ~ a revolutionary work, verily. The entire current of his thoughts was changed. Do is one thing; done is quite another. The former is legalism; the latter is Christianity. It was a novel and very original mode of putting the gospel; but it was just the mode for a legalist, and the Spirit of God used it in the conversion of the gentleman. When he next met his friend, he said to her, "Well, I can now say with you that my religion is d-o-n-e, DONE." He had learned to fling aside the deadly doings, and rest in the finished work of Christ. He was led to see that it was no longer what he could do for God, but what God had done for him.


This settled everything. The four golden letters shone under the gaze of his emancipated soul, "D-o-n-e." Precious letters! Precious word! Who can tell the relief to a burdened heart when it discovers that all is done? What joy to know that what I have been toiling for, it may be many a long year, was all done over 1800 years ago, on the cross! Christ has done all. He has put away sin; magnified the claims of Divine justice; vanquished Satan; taken the sting from death and the victory from the grave; glorified God in the very scene in which He had been dishonored; brought in everlasting righteousness. All this is wrapped up in these four golden letters, "D-o-n-e." Oh, who would not exchange "do" for "done?"


Reader, what say you to this? What of your religion? Does it consist of two letters or four? Is it still "do" with you? or have you found your happy portion and rest in "done?" Do think of it, dear friend ~ think deeply ~ think seriously ~ and may God's Spirit lead you, this moment, to cease from your own "do," and to rest in Christ's eternal "D-o-n-e."


Jesus said ~ "It is finished" (John 19:30).


To him that WORKETH NOT, but believeth on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Romans 4:5)


For by grace are ye saved through faith; ~ Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)


Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us. (Titus 3:5)