Are your good works enough?
August 22, 2012
(F)or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus...
A man and his wife were getting ready to go out for dinner one evening, when the husband called down the stairs and asked, “Honey, is this shirt too dirty to wear?” Immediately, the wife snapped back and said, “Yes!” So he put the shirt away and found another one in his closet.
After he had gotten ready, he came down the stairs and asked his wife, “How did you know the shirt was too dirty? You didn’t even look at it.” She peered up over her reading glasses, smirked, and said, “If you had to ask, it was too dirty!”
The Scriptures tell us that apart from Christ, our very best behavior on the best day of our life is nothing more than filthy rags in the eyes of God (Isaiah 64:6). And because of that, if we even have to ask if we’ve been good enough to merit eternal life, the answer is a resounding “No.”
There’s no way for your good works to save you. But the work of Jesus Christ, the perfect God-man who died for you and rose again, has the power to save if you’ll trust in Him. In Christ, you’re free from the burden of doing your best to get saved. Rest in that truth today!
REST IN THE TRUTH THAT YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING TO EARN GOD’S GRACE. YOU CAN ONLY TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST!
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