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"Salvation is not a human achievement; it is a gracious gift of God." (R.C. Sproul)
So Christ came and died and not only did He die but he rose from the dead three days later! And if that is not amazing enough in and of itself .. He did it so that he could have a relationship with you and me. Did you catch that?? He did it so that he could have a relationship with YOU!
Sometimes I think we forget that it was a personal thing. We realize that He came and died so that we can spend eternity with Him in heaven.. we are so happy that we are saved from hell.. but what about that period of time between our birth and when we get to go be with Jesus in heaven.. Ya' know life? Hmm, there could be various answers here, such as .. I better get out there and serve God because he paid the ultimate price for me, or I believe in Jesus.. so I don't have to spend eternity in hell but until then I am just gonna do what I want.. I mean as long as I am a "good" person right?
But I have come to the conclusion as of late that neither of those is the way that God intended for us to live. Now before you get all in a tiff, I am not saying that there is anything wrong with serving God or being a "good" person with morals.But what I am saying is that those things should be in response to the love relationship that we have with God. Not a requirement. I thinks as humans we feel like we need to do our part,we need to be a good person and try uphold the ten commandments/the law. We forget that the work of salvation has been done.
Galatians 2:20-21 says "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
It's not our strength, goodness, or acts of service ..it is all God!
Ephesians 2:8-10 says "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
So lets stop striving and embrace the free gift of grace that God is offering us, lets worship him for the fact that he endured Death, Burial and Resurrection so that He could have a relationship with us.