Cutting Out the Lies
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)
I heard a story once about a newly married woman who was making a roast dinner for the first time. She got out her shiny new pan and cut off the end of the roast, placing it oh-so-carefully in the pan.
Watching, her husband asked her why she cut off a piece of the meat.
“Why, that’s how I watched my mom do it!” she said defensively. Wise man that he was, he backed off.
The next day, the bride called her mother to ask her why she did it. ‘Why, that’s how my mother did it!’ she said pausing, ‘I’m ever not too sure why . . . but I’ll ask!’
And so the mother called the matriarch of the family to inquire of the passed-down tradition. ‘Mom, why did you cut off the end of the roasts like you did?’
‘Why because it wouldn’t fit in the pot. Don’t be so daft, girl! Why else would I waste good meat?’
Funny story. But there’s some truth to it as well. We often take on the traditions of our family blindly without questioning. We go through the motions and believe what we believe because that’s what our parents did. Which is not a big deal if it’s just a recipe or two. But when it comes to where we will spend eternity, it comes to make sense that we need to think for ourselves and find out the Truth.
Jesus is the only way. He lived on this earth – that’s rarely debated. He died for you, to pay the penalty for your sins – His death is well documented. He rose and returned to the Father – there were hundreds of witnesses that saw Him after his resurrection. Jesus loves you and wants you to have a personal relationship with Him. He offers eternal salvation as a gift from Him. There is nothing you can do to earn your salvation. If there was, it would no longer be a gift.
The next step is up to you. Don’t cut Him out of your life just to make Him fit your traditions. Seek the truth. Ask Jesus and He will do exactly that.
Father, I know that I’m a sinner in need of a Savior. Thank You for sending Your only Son to die on the cross for me. Thank You for loving me so! How I’ve longed to be loved and to know the truth! Please forgive me of my sins, wash me in the blood of Jesus and send Your Holy Spirit to fill and walk with me. Today I make You the Lord of my life. Amen!