“’Who then can be saved?’ Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’” Luke 18:26-27
(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Esther 3-8 & Luke 18)
We cannot work our way into God’s favor.
The culture of Jesus’ time believed that the well-off were the ones who had pleased God the most. Those with less must have issues with God.
Jesus throws that thinking on its head by saying in the verse before the two chosen ones: “Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
You can’t work your way to heaven and you can’t buy your way there either.
How then do you get there?
Your sin and my sin, for that matter, prevent us from an after-life with God. He hates all sin and will have nothing to do with it in the after-life. We deserve separation from Him in the after-life despite the occasional good things we may have done. BUT GOD provided a way for us to circumvent the consequences our sins deserved.
He sent Jesus (His Son) to earth to die. Jesus’ death was undeserved because He was sinless. BUT JESUS obeyed His Father and died to take the punishment (eternal separation from God in the after-life) we deserved. We must believe that we are sinners – that’s an easy one! If we believe that Jesus died for our sins (He said He did.) we are instantly saved from the consequences we deserved for our sins. Jesus is therefore our Savior.
Because we love God for what He has done, we then surrender control of our lives to God and seek to discover and live out what He wants us to do.
That answers the, “Who then can be saved?” question. Yes, you can be saved. Have you been?
“Lord, Your Ways must be my ways. Mine don’t work! Help me to understand Your Word so that I can live it out. Thank You for loving me enough to send Jesus to die for my sins. I am unworthy. Bring folks to see their need for You. Open hearts to believe in You this day, I beg.”
+19 – My body is supposed to be God’s temple.