The gift you cannot earn
November 9, 2009
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
In Luke 10 we read the story of a young lawyer who decided to engage Jesus in a debate. Because he was the equivalent of a professional theologian in his day, he thought he could catch Jesus in a trap and expose him as a fraud.
So the young lawyer asked Jesus a very common question among all the theologians. He asked, "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
Well, this question made perfect sense to this young man because he was a product of a manmade religion. His faith was about rules and regulations. His religion said that salvation was based upon the things that you do. In other words, "Do this and you will please God. Do this and you will live forever."
But instead of debating with him, Jesus wanted to change his way of thinking! So he told him a story that demonstrated that he couldn't be saved by the law, but by living a life of love—a love relationship with God.
That was radical thinking back then and it still is. Your salvation is not rooted in merit, but in God's mercy!
God wants a love relationship with you, too. Come to him today and receive this free gift of salvation bought for you by Christ Jesus.
YOUR SALVATION IS NOT ROOTED IN MERIT, BUT IN GOD'S MERCY!
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
If you're like most Christians, you'd probably have to admit those last three words more accurately describe your life most of the time!
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way... even when your life is one big pressure-cooker. And in my new book, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out, I'll show you why.
Based on the principles from Paul's letter to the Philippians and Psalm 23, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out will help you find true peace and rest in a world that is anything but peaceful and restful. It's the perfect "pause" button you need!
So please request your copy of Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out when you give online today! --Jack Graham