The Unearned Gift
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one...For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10, 23, NIV).
You can’t earn your way into heaven. Just can’t do it. There is just too much sin in our lives to ever be offset by any good works we may perform. No matter how hard you try, the ledger can never be balanced. The only way to heaven is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Salvation is a gift we accept or reject; there are no other choices.
For the Christian, I picture it this way: We’re standing before the throne of Jesus Christ. All of our deeds for this life are brought out. It’s very evident that we deserve hell, because unless we’re perfect, we certainly deserve eternal separation from our Creator. But then Christ steps down from that throne of judgment and stands beside us. He takes His robe of righteousness and puts it on us. And He says, “It’s obvious you’re guilty. Clearly, you deserve hell. But I have paid the penalty, I have taken the judgment you deserve upon Myself on the cross, and you have accepted this gift. May you live forever in the joy and gratitude of what I have done for you!”
And what a celebration of gratitude and praising of the Lord that will be.
Have you received, in faith, the unearned gift? The Christmas season is a good time to receive this gift and pass it on to others.
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