Sunday, December 16, 2012

By Faith, Not by Works Alone

Some people fall into a trap of believing that if they just go to church when they are supposed to, tithe every month, and serve in areas where they are comfortable (where they feel they are in control), they are living right with God. In Galatians, Chapter 2, Paul confronts Peter about his hyprocrisy allowing the Gentiles to believe they were not living right as the Jews were. The the Gentiles were not living by the Jew law. Paul reminded Peter that  "we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law."

The point Paul is making is that a works based philosophy is not what brings us closer to God.

Paul goes on to say in verse 17, "But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law it condemned me. So I died to the law - I stopped trying to meet all its requirements - so that I might live for God. My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make use right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die."

The grace of God is so binding and all we have to do is believe that Jesus loved us so much to die for our sins and trust in Him. That is all we have to do to have that binding grace and to be righteous in the eyes of God! Serving others is what comes when we give our lives to pleasing and glorifing Him! Praise God today that He sent his son during this holiday season. Jesus Christ alone is the reason for the Christmas season. I pray that all of us grow in our relationship with Christ, that we feel that binding grace and feel that we are uninhibited in our worship and praise of God. I pray that because we are thankful for God's grace, we serve in areas where we are not comfortable so that God will have all the glory and not ourselves.

Hug your kids a little tighter this week and remember the families in Conneticut that lost their young ones, teachers, and principal in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Blessed in Christ,

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