All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a Gift, through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
During the summer of 1996 I had the privilege of attending an Intervarsity Leadership Training Camp. One speaker, Andrew Page, gave us a wonderful example of how to explain Christian salvation to a non-believer. He said in most religions you have to do all kinds of “good works” to enter through the door of salvation. In Christianity you enter through the door of salvation and then you do all kinds of good works.
This picture of salvation reminds me that my salvation is not determined by my good works or by the sins I commit during my life. My salvation is determined by the redemption of Jesus Christ. As Paul states in Romans 3:23 we “all have sinned” and we all “fall short”. In God’s eyes sin is sin and we are all guilty. Yet, Paul goes on to say that, though we are all guilty, there is hope. We are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.” (Romans 2:24)
Christ redeems us; He bought us our freedom from sin by the blood He shed on the cross. As Christians we trust that Christ not only set us free from our sin, but that He also empowers us to live the way He taught us to live through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to remember that Your gift of salvation came at a cost to Your Son, Jesus. Help us to turn from our sin and trust that the Holy Spirit will empower us to do good works. Amen.