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Let’s not forget the important truths of the Gospel. On "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau" we are reminded of God’s grace, our faith, and Christ’s power to save.
Once we realize our true state, it can be hard to grasp that God would freely give us eternity with Him. But that is just what He did. In our humanity we want a more logical solution. We want something we can do. We want to be a part of the deal. We think to ourselves, maybe Jesus can do part and we can work hard and accomplish the rest. Maybe if we try really hard to “be good” and “live for God” we can earn our way to Heaven. But that is not the Good News of the Bible. We are called to have faith – that means to trust what God says. But do you know that on your own you’d never muster up enough? Even faith is a gift from God. God gives us the faith to believe. The Bible says faith comes by hearing God’s Word.
We can’t take credit for anything. Our faith in God, and eternity with Him is through His grace alone. And thank goodness for that! Because otherwise we’d all be in trouble.
In Romans, St. Paul writes, “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.” Whom can you share the grace of God with today? Perhaps through hearing the Good News from you, a friend or neighbor will come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
This is Luis Palau.
Tracy worked hard in her relationship with God. She was busy… and tired. She was busy doing good things- leading Bible studies, serving in the church, going on mission trips… And none of these things seemed problematic at first. But deep down she was starting to feel like she was trying to earn favor with God.
Serving the Lord is a natural response to salvation and it can bring great joy. But serving the Lord because you think you’re going to earn something leads to pride or despair. And you know, it’s easy to fall into that trap, to start believing the lie that through our own efforts we could somehow earn our way to God. Ephesians tells us, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith…” And this is why it is such Good News! Our own good works could never be good enough. We are incapable of working our way to God.
Jesus freely gives His salvation to those who receive it. And you know, once you understand the free gift of grace, you’ll be more motivated than ever to share this gift with others- but for the right reasons. As the reformer Martin Luther wrote, “We are saved by faith alone, but faith that saves is never alone.”
Whom do you know who needs to be set free from trusting their own efforts? Tell them the true Good News Gospel of grace through faith today.
This is Luis Palau.
The holiday season can be such a busy time. This week on "Reaching your World with Luis Palau" Luis helps us find Jesus amidst the clutter and stress of our lives.