March 8, 2005
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
I heard about a lady who walked out of a Sunday school class upset because her class had changed. She said to her pastor, “There’s something wrong with my class. They’re just a bunch of fanatics now! All they want to talk about is Jesus. We used to talk about socials, the sick, our lesson, the church, and our neighbors. Now, it’s nothing but Jesus! I feel like a stranger in that class!”
Maybe you feel like a stranger when the church worships or in the presence of God because you don’t truly know Christ. There is such a thing as having a form of Christianity, which is merely “churchianity,” where you’re comfortable and casual, but you don’t know Jesus Christ! It’s not enough to just know about Him—you must KNOW Him!
Jesus said, “I am the door to salvation!” Many people think they can get to Jesus by good works. But Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourself; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”
If we could just get our prepositions correct, we would have it, wouldn’t we? We are saved BY what? Grace. THROUGH what? Faith. And it’s not because of who you are, or how much money you have, what kind of status you hold, or how much good you’ve done in the last five years. It is all because of the unmerited love of God who gave us a precious gift through Jesus’ death on the cross—salvation.
So I say again…works are not the way to Jesus, but instead Jesus is the way to works. When we truly know Jesus and trust complete in Him, then out of the abundant life we will serve and work for good unto His glory. You’re most important job as a Christian is to stay close to Jesus, and the rest of what you do in this abundant life is a by-product of that blessing.