His little face flushed and perspiring, the young boy tugged at the stone which wouldn’t budge. His father asked, “Are you doing your best?” “Of course,” the little guy answered. “It’s a big stone.” “But are you doing your best? I am big enough to move the stone for you and you haven’t asked for my help.” Like this boy, we struggle, trying to become a Christian by our best efforts,( turning over a new leaf, shedding our bad habits and doing good works.) But we do not get to heaven that way. We must remember that Jesus, when dying on the cross in our place, to forgive our sins, cried out “It is finished.” And we must also remember that God’s Word informs us all, that it is “ By grace we are saved through faith and that not of ourselves, not of works lest anyone should boast.” So, are you doing your best? Are you calling on the Lord for His outside help?
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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