In Surrender to Love, David Brenner writes, “Everything within us tells us that the universe must be organized according to a principal wherein we get what we deserve.” And for the most part – it does.
Early on we learn that if we obey authorities, good things happen. If we study hard, we’ll get better grades. If we work hard, we’ll earn our paycheck – and perhaps a raise or promotion. On the flip side of those coins, if we fail to obey authority we’ll get in trouble. If we don’t study, we’ll get bad grades, and if we don’t work hard, we may get fired. We get what we deserve – it’s just how the world works…
Sadly, many people are unable to set that universal principle aside when it comes to the most important thing in life – eternity. Because THIS world works one way, it’s difficult for many to believe the NEXT world works so much differently. That’s why most religions are based upon man’s works to be made right with God. Shoot, even some Christian faiths add required observations and regulations to the mix – as if Christ’s death on the cross wasn’t sufficient.
To accept that our salvation is NOT based on our goodness, but on God’s grace alone, through faith in Christ alone, is to surrender to the reality that God really does love us THAT much! That’s why it’s called good news!
Friends, if salvation were based on good works, how would we know when we’ve completed enough of them? How would we know we’ve completed the right ones? Do we “lose credit” when we do the wrong thing(s)? What’s the required “minimum score” for getting in?
Long ago, God gave His people 10 simple rules to follow. Guess what? They couldn’t do it. That’s why Jesus went to the cross. Remember, if man could do it himself, Christ died for nothing. –Dave
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
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