Are you striving to earn God’s grace? Are you trying to be good enough? Well, I have good news and I have bad news… the bad news is, we can’t earn it. We will never be good enough. The good news is, Jesus already did it for us. We don’t have to earn God’s love, acceptance or grace!
The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and that our righteousness (or good deeds) are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Even us at our best is not good enough. If we could have been good enough on our own we wouldn’t have needed a savior. Jesus came to accomplish what needed to be done; what we could never do. Since we all fall short and can’t earn it, God in His love for us, had a plan. A plan to buy us back and restore us to right standing with Him so that we could have the relationship with Him that He originally intended. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:4-6
Jesus took our sins in His own bodies and took our punishment on Himself, so that our debt would be paid and we could walk free!
The Bible says that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9), as well as all who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13). That’s all it takes-Faith. Jesus has paid the price and we now have the choice to accept or deny Him. Jesus removed any barrier between us and God. He completely removed anything in the way and that’s a free gift to us!