God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2: 8-9
This is pretty clear, right?
You would think so and still, we find so many believers who continue to think (and demand others) to do certain things to somehow “earn” salvation.
Let me remind you once again that “Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done” so, why do we still try so hard?
It is not a prize, it’s entirely given when you decide to believe in Jesus Christ and His amazing work, the work of the Cross. It is through our faith in Jesus that we are saved and only by grace… that doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want though (Romans 3:31), it means that all the good works we do, well, we do them to please God, to make Him give us a bigger smile.
How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Make me walk along the path of your commands,
for that is where my happiness is found. (Psalms 119:9,11,35)
So, we not only make God smile but by following His law and doing good works, we also find our happiness!! We obey the law and we know we will prosper in that we will enjoy all the benefits that this brings us and we will be happy.
Everything the Lord tells us to do is perfect, trustworthy, right and clear and the results of obeying Him are: a revived soul, wisdom, joy and discernment. (Psalms 19:7-8)
Remember that Jesus is the perfect sacrifice, there are no more sacrifices other than the one He already completed on the Cross. We don’t need to do anything else to come closer to Him, Jesus tore the Veil and now we can go to our Father’s throne where we receive His mercy and grace. So don’t feel condemned if you don’t celebrate a holy day (Colossians 2:16), and if someone tries to make you feel bad about it just remember this:
In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11).
We are now closer to our God through the blood of Jesus Christ, He united the Peoples and knocked down the big wall that separated us – jews and gentiles.
So, even though “the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good” (Romans 7:12), nothing that we do will bring us closer to our Father. A great bonus we can count on is that His law is deep within us, written in our hearts; He is working in us, giving us the desire and power to do what pleases Him!
Keep trusting, keep believing and He will show you what He wants you to do for His honor and glory!
Next, you’ll find a couple of God’s commands (besides the 10 commandments given to Moses) which I believe are very useful these days and will help you honor Him on a daily basis:
- Serve the Lord and Him only. “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) Try to declare this on you and your family every day and whenever you feel overwhelmed by the world.
- Study and commit the Lord’s commands for us. Repeat them again and again to your children and talk about them constantly (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
- Praise the Lord for the food and everything He has given you (Deuteronomy 8:10).
- Never practice things such as fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft (this includes mediums, horoscope, dream interpretation, among others).
- Do not engage in any forbidden sexual practice such as the ones specified in Leviticus 18; these practices and the ones mentioned in the previous point are the ones with the most negative effects in our lives.
I hope this post has helped you to remember that your works don’t give you salvation or bring you closer to God; it’s your faith that gives you eternal life… praise the Lord! 😉
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.