Working for Salvation?

I think there are many ways people could look at what it means to be “Right with God”. I got the idea for this article from a conversation with my wife. Many times people can forget where we stand with God.

Some people think that if your a ‘good person’, then God will accept you. Or, if you do a lot to help your fellow man. Giving to a charity. Doing hard work to fix things. Going to Church every Sunday. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Please don’t think I’m against doing what is right to serve God. We should do those things because our relationship with Jesus leads us. Not for recognition.

I see a lot of Churches and some pastors teach a prosperity gospel. They give the impression that God wants to fulfill your every wish, Give us your money and it’s done. God wants me to be wealthy, so I have a right to it. Or I give a lot of money to charities and God has to see that. I love my pet so much, God sees my heart.

What this all means is people don’t always understand how to be saved. It isn’t something you can earn. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; Romans 3:10. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.

If there was ever a summary verse that depicts the battle between good and evil, heaven and the world, it would be Matthew 6:19-21. The reference to “treasures on earth” speaks to the intoxication of worldly pleasures, while “treasures in heaven” points to spiritual blessings which have infinite, eternal value. ‘copied’

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The only way is through Jesus. It’s not a magic potion or a belief in any other path. Buddha, Islam, Mormonism, New Age, or any way that goes against Scripture. God has given everyone the freedom of choice. He will not force anyone to accept His way,

“What you need to know is that Salvation is in faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ. And faith alone in Jesus Christ and is preceded and followed by repentance. A turning away from sin, a hatred for things God hates and a love for things God loves”. Paul Washer

Please take a look.

God Bless, Dan Beliveau

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