You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.Gal. 5:4
Many of us who call ourselves Christians are simply not living like it. That’s the only way to put it. We’re doing our best to live a so-called Christian life by saying the right things, doing the right things, going to church, and even serving others.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with any of these things. We’re called to live a life as holy as possible once we have invited Christ into our lives.
However, these things don’t make us Christians. We are completely unable to save ourselves through our actions.
It is only through the blood of Jesus that we can claim salvation and freedom. When He died on the cross and then rose from the dead three days later, he laid the groundwork for our salvation.
We must remember this when we’re going about our daily activities. We’re going to sin—that much is for sure.
But we must also be certain that no amount of good deeds can ever help us get to Heaven. We’re not going to be closer to God the better we behave.
In fact, if we’ve accepted Christ as our Savior, we’re as close to the Father as we can get. We’re brothers and sisters of Jesus and children of God.
Just because I donate money to a Christian organization or volunteer my time at a non-profit doesn’t mean that I’m earning brownie points with God.
Everything was already settled when I asked Jesus into my life. I can live confidently in that fact for the rest of my life.
So, the next time I’m feeling good about something I’ve done—and maybe a little prideful about it—I need to stop and thank God for my salvation in Christ.
I know it is only through His grace that I am saved and it isn’t as a result of any actions I’ve taken.
Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.Gal. 6:15
All the glory goes to Him and I am thankful that He loves me enough that He sent His son to die for my salvation.
This salvation is for you as well. If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior and received forgiveness for your sins, there’s no better time to do it than now.
Invite Him into your heart and become justified in the Father’s eyes through Christ. It will be the best decision you’ve ever made.