Bible Verse for Today:
Because they did not know the way that God makes people right with him, they tried to make themselves right in their own way. So they did not accept God’s way of making people right. Romans 10:3 NCV
I recall many years ago a man saying to me, “I try to live a good life and if that it not good enough for God, it’s not my fault.” Hmmm. It is interesting how people believe they can establish their own criteria when it comes to being right with God, when everyday we accept the standards set by other authorities.
No one says, I am a careful driver so it doesn’t matter how fast I drive. No one applies for a loan and determines their own criteria for what should be acceptable to the lender. No student determines their own criteria for the work and activities needed to pass a course.
It is one thing not to know how to be right with God and so try our best to do what we think is right. This may be the Ten Commandments or our own set of standards. It is another to know and to ignore. Hebrews 2:3 (NLT) gives this warning:
So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? (Hebrews 2:3 NLT)
The Bible makes it clear on how to be right with God.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we declare with our mouths that we believe, and so we are saved. (Romans 10:9,10 NCV)
We then have this assurance:
The same Lord is the Lord of all and gives many blessings to all who trust in him, 1as the Scripture says, “Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13 NCV)
That is good news. We don’t need to be confused or to uncertain as to what the Lord requires. We don’t need to work and try, hoping it is good enough. We can just follow God’s plan and provision Jesus Christ has made for us on the cross.
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:29 NLT)
So “get to work” and start believing. Place your faith in Jesus Christ and accept His forgiveness by confessing your sin and placing your life in His hands.