It is only by the grace of Jesus Christ that I am saved. Not by any good works or anything that I can do. The fact that I believe in Him is by His righteousness. For so long, I felt like I was trying to do the right thing because God wants me to, but here’s the deal. Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior – the one, true, Son of God who came down and took on all of the wrath that we deserve for our sins, and died a unimaginably brutal death on the cross – once you believe and confess Him as your Savior, you’re part of His Kingdom. Here is the deal though, Jesus didn’t intend for us to admit it, and then go on living our daily lives. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, lifechange happens. He, in His perfect grace, instills in you the desires to please Him. That’s why we make decisions that honor God instead of honoring the world. This is not by our own doing, but by the HIS sovereignty.
Why can’t I get this through my thick skull sometimes? ALL of the glory goes to Him.
The reason we pray for our enemies, the reason we don’t live wild, reckless lives is because we know our eternity is going to be spent in Heaven with the Lord. What a beautiful thought!
Heaven is so real, but so is hell. And the reality of the situation is that there are people dying and going to hell every single day. This is heartbreaking for us, but it’s even more heartbreaking for our Father who created them.
We are not put here on this earth to put a Christian spin on the “American Dream” – we are here to humbly and thankfully recognize and accept the amazing sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us, and we are to go and share the Good News. It’s evident when you look around that there are a lot of lost/confused people in the world, and as Christ followers, we are the ones who are called to share.
If we won’t, who will?