Earning Your Way
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23
How many things can you think of in this world, that are “Free of Charge” . . . no strings attached? Not many! Perhaps that’s why there are so many people trying to work their way into the King¬dom of God.
At a “Celebrity Roast” in Beverly Hills, California, long time come¬dian and actor Bob Hope was put on the “Hot Seat”. Among the nearly 1,000 people in attendance, were many of Hope’s long time friends and fellow entertainers from Hollywood’s early days.
Bob Hope’s wife, Delores, while reflecting upon the recent passing of two Hollywood legends, Gene Kelly and George Burns, said, “God must want us around for something. So many other wonder¬ful people have gone and we are here. I guess maybe we haven’t earned heaven yet.” How many mistakenly believe that they can earn their way into heaven?
Accept the “Free Gift” of Salvation by asking Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you and your sins. If you’ve already taken that step, I challenge you to serve the Lord out of love and appre¬ciation for the gift that he has given you.
“There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.” - John Wooden (1910- )
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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.