Remember that the God of the Universe doesn’t see out of the same lens that you see out of. When you think your world is crashing, God may see it as your world being positioned for greater influence. I know it’s so difficult to live in this understanding and I promise you that there are many times I allow what I see to shrink the size of God’s capabilities. Today, let’s be reminded that your God is not below your pain, but within your pain. Let’s be reminded that your God isn’t intimidated by your circumstance.
Ephesians 2:8-9 is one of my favorite Bible verses. It clearly communicates that salvation doesn’t come from the good stuff that we do. Good works is religion or bondage that causes us to live within a spiritual levy system of our good and bad works. Meaning, if we do a lot bad, we need to offset it with some good or, if we have been good, we can afford to do some bad. This may seem harsh, but it’s the truth. There will be many people that culture sees as the “best” citizens or “good” people that are enemies of God (Romans 5:10) and on the contrary there will be people who culture sees as the least lovable and worst sinners of all that are in heaven made righteous in Christ.
Jesus + nothing = salvation!
But, remember, just because you aren’t saved by good works, doesn’t mean you weren’t saved for good works. People will know you are by disciples by the way you love others, Jesus said. So, make sure you don’t become a closet Christian living in God’s grace, but not offering it to others.