” But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:“–Rom. 3:21-22
Pastor Jack Graham wrote, “I’m an American. Growing up, I was taught that I could do anything I wanted in life as long as I was willing to work for it. That’s how many people in our country are raised… to never give up on their dreams, pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and make something of themselves no matter their background.
That way of thinking works great for reaching a better life. But it doesn’t work at all when it comes to reaching eternal life. That’s because on our own, heaven is completely unattainable. You’d have more success in jumping to the moon than you would in getting to heaven by your own works.
Left to ourselves, we’re stubborn, prideful, sinful, and utterly hopeless. I’ve often said that I wouldn’t trust the best 15 minutes I’ve ever lived to get me into heaven. But praise God that Jesus Christ has done the work I couldn’t, taken away my sins, and given me eternal life when I certainly didn’t deserve it!
Any chance you had of getting to heaven on your own was destroyed by sin. But Christ destroyed the power of sin on the cross to give you eternal life if you’ll only trust in Him. Put your faith in Christ, not yourself, for eternal life. It’s His work alone that can save you!”
Dear friend your best effort is no better than no effort when it comes to salvation. None of us can raise ourselves up to a level of acceptance with God. Salvation is provided entirely by Christ. Without Him there is no help, nor hope. Stop trying and start trusting. He is able to make a way where there is no way!–HDS