…”But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”
Christianity can wear you out! You go to church only to find out from the preacher that you didn’t pray enough, or forgive enough, or sow enough! You went in hoping for a word of encouragement, but you came out with a to-do list as long as your arm!
Maybe you are even taking a break from church so that you don’t have to hear about all the ways in which you have fallen short this week! Are you like many Christians, caught in a performance trap? Even though when you first got born again, you were celebrating your freedom from the world’s performance trap, now you are ensnared in a Christian version!
The fact is that you love God and you want to please Him. That is why you are open to believing that you must do all these things to be right before Him. Preachers say things that make you feel like, “If I truly loved God, I would do this.” Yet the gospel is not that way.
The gospel is that if you never did another thing to please God, He would still love you. While you rejected Him and ignored Him, He sent Jesus to come and seek you out. Why on Earth would you think that if He did that before you were saved, now that you are on His side and doing your best to represent Him in the Earth, that He would be ready to punish you for your shortcomings?
Whenever we promote a gospel of works, we are saying that what Jesus did was not enough, and we must add to it our own good works!
This verse is repeated four times throughout the Bible, ”The just shall live by faith.”
We are not going to overcome based on our own efforts, but by our faith in what He did. Put down your burden today and tear up your to-do list of spiritual obligations. Rest in what Jesus has done for you, and accept that you are enough, just as you are! Selah!
Heavenly Father, I declare right now that Jesus is more than enough for me, and because of that, I don’t need to add to what He has done for me by proving that I was worth saving! Thank you that I can rest in you, today.
I will not carry the burden of works, because Jesus is the grace of God to me. I live free and happy in the freedom that Christ has called me to. Thank you that my destiny is to know you and enjoy you forever! Thank you, Lord!