For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23

Earning Your Way
How many things can you think of in this world, that are “Free of Charge” . . . no strings attached? Not many! Perhaps that’s why there are so many people trying to work their way into the Kingdom of God.

A few years ago, at a “Celebrity Roast” in Beverly Hills, California, long time comedian and actor Bob Hope was put on the “Hot Seat“. Among the nearly 1,000 people in attendance, were many of Hope’s long time friends and fellow entertainers from Hollywood’s early days.

Bob Hope’s wife, Delores, while reflecting upon the passing of two Hollywood legends, Gene Kelly and George Burns, said, “God must want us around for something. So many other wonderful people have gone and we are here. I guess maybe we haven’t earned heaven yet.” How many mistakenly believe that they can earn their way into heaven?

Accept the “Free Gift” of Salvation by asking Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you and your sins. If you’ve already taken that step, I challenge you to serve the Lord out of love and appreciation for the gift that he has given you.

I asked her what was so scary about unmerited free grace? She replied something like this: “If I was saved by my good works — then there would be a limit to what God could ask of me or put me through. I would be like a taxpayer with rights. I would have done my duty and now I would deserve a certain quality of life. But if it is really true that I am a sinner saved by sheer grace — at God’s infinite cost — then there’s nothing He cannot ask of me – Tim Keller

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer. – John Wooden