By Faith

Listen to the message of Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.” How many Scriptures does God need to put in front of our face before we get the idea—salvation is not by merit?

If you work, you can understand that having a job can be unquestionably complicated, demanding, and stressful. Jobs require us to work ourselves to death in order to get the results we are looking for--money, power, recognition. We spend our whole lives trying to gain something so futile and then end up loosing it as fast as we acquired it. These are earthly riches...they will not last.

With God, we do not have to work in order to receive salvation, in fact, Christianity is not about how much you can or will work (people will tell you differently) at all. It is all about FAITH. Do you have faith in God that He can move mountains-enough faith that when you accept Him as your Lord and Savior you will have everlasting life?

It really should not come as a surprise to me that so many people have a hard time understanding and accepting that in order to receive Christ, all they have to do is "confess with [their] mouth, "Jesus is Lord,"and believe in [their] heart that God raised him from the dead, [they] will be saved. For it is with [their] heart that [they] believe and are justified, and it is with [their] mouth that [they] confess and are saved" (Romans 10:9-10...[their] and [they] added emphasis).  

One of the many reasons why many non-believers find Christ unbelievable is that we as Christians do not act out what we preach. If we continue to speak, but never put those words into action, then no one will ever believe, understand, or even want to know the power behind what we have to say. From DC Talk's 'What If I Stumble', they begin their song with these very powerful and thought provoking words that tie (give or take) beautifully into the subject of this post: "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

Therefore, when we do extra work in order to try and obtain a more spiritual foundation and standing with Christ, we not only work to receive something that is given freely, but we in turn put doubt into people's minds. "What will happen if I do not work for what I have been given: everlasting life, heaven, Christ, etc.- will I loose it all as easily as it came?"  We have to be careful about what we say, do, and how we act because people not only question our faith and religion, but they begin to question the merit of the Bible and what we say. If they see us preaching on love, but we do not act out that love in which we so strongly spoke of, how do you think the world will perceive us as? 

There is no work involved in becoming a Christian. One must simple believe with their heart and acknowledge Christ with their mouth. How truly and beautifully simplistic is that? And yet, it is so hard for many to comprehend. No wonder people in this world are so lost. They look to us to give them the answer, but instead we give them a stained glass masquerade-nothing that reflects the kind of love, friendship, and acceptance that Christ has bestowed upon us. 

So jobs aren't easy, neither is the Christian life. However, it is a darn good adventure filled with ups and downs that are waiting to be explored and conquered. And, I for one, and ready for that unexpected, unexplainable, and unbelievable rush of adrenalin, sense of Peace, and knowledge that I am bound forever in the blood of Jesus Christ!


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