His little face flushed and streaked with sweat, the young boy tugged at the stone, which wouldn’t budge. His father asked, “Are you doing your best?” “Of course I am” the boy replied. “It’s a big stone.” “But are you sure you are doing your best? You haven’t asked me to help you and I am big enough to lift the stone.” Like this little boy, we often struggle, trying to become Christians by our best efforts. But we fail because the Bible, the final authority on the Christian life, says, “By grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works lest anyone should boast.” And in addition, we are told that becoming a Christian is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but it is according to God’s mercy He saves us.” We cannot become Christians by turning over a new leaf or doing good deeds. We need to turn to Jesus Christ, Who, speaking of our salvation as He died on the cross, cried out, “It is finished.” He did everything necessary to forgive us and prepare us for heaven.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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