Faith versus works. That’s an inside baseball, church phrase and argument. It’s one that Christians have fussed about and struggled over for many, many, many centuries.
And its one that we struggle with, even if we don’t know it. What do I mean by that?
It plays out in our lives when this happens. When we think to ourselves, if I just do this, God will love me. I have done some many things wrong, I know God can never forgive me. I’m not good enough to go to church. I’m done too much. I can’t earn it. I’ll never get it. Surly I’m not good enough.
All those thoughts make our faith about what we do. And that is wrong. Our faith is not about what we do. It’s about what He has done.
Our faith is not about works. It’s about grace. Listen to what Paul writes today in Romans 3:21-25
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.
And God equally loves us.
And our salvation rests not upon us, what we have done, what we are doing or going to do, our salvation rests upon Him. Upon what He had done. Upon the cross and the empty grave.
And our response, our only response is this. To believe. To have faith. To take that step.
We are saved by grace through faith. That’s it. That’s the list.
You don’t earn it. You receive it. Remember that. Never forget that. Cling to that.
And let that change your life.
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