Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Daily Message: Good Works? Not "Why" We Are Saved, But "Because" We Are Saved ~ Titus 3:14

I've heard it my whole life, "You can't be good enough to earn salvation," or some variation of that. And it's true. In Ephesians, chapter 2, Paul tells us we can't do enough good things to earn our way to Heaven. And just before that, he states we are saved by grace through faith.

Unfortunately, I think a lot of people take this to mean we, as Christians, don't have to do good works. I thought this way for years, and even took it to the next level, interpreting it that it didn't really matter what I did, good or bad, because I was saved and had my ticket to Heaven. Something tells me, I wasn't the only one confused.
"Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives." ~ Titus 3:14

In this verse, Paul is telling us we do have to do "what is good," not to be saved, but because we ARE saved! James tells us also that "faith without works is dead." Neither is telling us our good works save us, but that when we are saved, when we truly believe that Jesus Christ gave it all so that we have a chance at eternal life, when we honestly and earnestly accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are compelled to do good works.

Not so that we get to Heaven, but because we get to go to Heaven!

So devote yourself to doing what is good, because Jesus paid 2000 years ago, on a cross atop a hill called Calvary, the price for each and every one of our sins. He paid so we don't have to. He paid so we can join Him for eternity in Heaven. He paid. He paid. He paid.

So let's devote ourselves to doing good and let Him use us, to make our lives productive for the Kingdom.

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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