How would you fill in this blank?
A person is made right with God through_____.
Don’t let its brevity fool you.
How you complete it is critical; it reflects the nature of your faith.
One might say a person is made right with God through. . .
Giving sandwiches to the poor.
Some say Christian conduct is the secret.
Perhaps suffering is the answer.
Sleep on dirt floors.
The greater the pain, the greater the saint.
No, no, no, another contends.
The way to be made right with God?
Air-tight theology which explains every mystery.
Yet, how are we truly made right with God?
All the above are tried.
All are demonstrated.
But none are from God. Romans 3:28
“A person is made right with God through faith.”
Through faith in God’s sacrifice on the cross.
It’s not what you do, it’s what He did.Max LucadoFrom And the Angels Were Silent
Do. Be. Do. Be. Do. Do-be-do-be-do.
Are you familiar with the old Frank Sinatra tune?
Most people embrace a do-be theology.
The assumption that God saves people who do the right thing
or who behave in the right way.
So, do good!
Keep your promises.
Earn merit badges.
Yet for all the talk about being good, still no one can answer the fundamental question:
What level of good is good enough?
At stake is our eternal destination,
yet we’re more confident about lasagna recipes than requirements for heaven.
God has a better idea.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8)
We contribute nothing. Zilch. Our merits…merit nothing.
God’s work merits everything!Max Lucado
From God is With You Every Day
Since Jesus is the way,
shouldn’t He be followed?
Since Jesus is the truth,
shouldn’t He be believed?
Since Jesus is the life,
shouldn’t He be enjoyed?
Since Jesus is wise,
shouldn’t He be consulted?
Since Jesus is God,
shouldn’t He be worshiped?
Since Jesus is King,
shouldn’t He be obeyed?
Since Jesus is Lord,
shouldn’t He have the final say?Roy Lessin
And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:17 KJV