Well let me lay down one of the key beliefs of the Christian faith…it comes from Ephesians 2: 8 and 9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. ” Let us take a peek at those two verses.
Thirdly and lastly, it is not by works. Works, deeds, actions, all the same thing. It is saying that no matter how many elderly ladies you help across the street, or the amount of money you raise for charity or no matter how many sundays you attend church (all actions) you WILL NOT make it to heaven. Simple as that. Am I bragging because I get to spend eternity with the Lord…heck no…because as I have been showing you it is nothing I have done. It was a free gift from the Father available to anyone.
The last part of that verse speaks about boasting…”no one can boast.” pretty strong words. Who are we to take credit for something we only had to accept. The Lord offers us a gift and we reach out and grab it. I deserve no more praise then if I was given a birthday present. Did I do anything for that? I simply accepted it.
Simply accept. That is all we have to do, the Lord is holding out to you a free gift that we cannot boast in. Not by works, or deeds, the things that would direct the honour to us, but by faith, a gift, a free gift that we can only accept.
Do not allow your opinions of Christianity to revolve around misrepresentations, see it for what it truly is, normal human beings accepting a free, beautiful gift we do not deserve…that is also readily available to you! Accept His love, His forgiveness and rejoice in Him for little me and you, insignificant to the world were loved so much by Jesus Christ that He suffered and died for my sin and yours. So now all that is left for us to do is to simply accept.