Good Morning August 4

The vast majority of people believe in God. There are a myriad of concepts of who and what kind of God that is, but there is always the sense that He is greater than I am. The question then is, what is my relationship to Him and how am I acceptable to Him? There would again be a variety of answers, but there really are only two possibilities. We are acceptable to God based either on who we are, or on who He is. That is, based either on our good works or upon His gracious work. The majority of people and world religions except Christianity believe the first. We are acceptable to God by our good works. It’s what I call the balance scale approach. If we do more good works in our lifetime than bad, then God will look favorably on us. The problem is, how much is enough? Can we ever really know? The answer to that is, we can never know. We live life in a lot of wishful thinking and uncertainty. Christianity declares that we are acceptable to God through faith in Jesus Christ. God has already done for us what we could not do for ourselves. “It is by grace that you are saved through faith,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “and that is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works.”(Ephesians 2:8-9) God has come to us before we could ever do anything to come to Him. In this way, by humble faith in Jesus Christ, we can be certain of our acceptability to our Lord. No doubts. No questions. Just grateful joy and worship.

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