Wages versus Gifts
Christless religion, of whatever kind, says that we have to earn God's approval by doing well. But that is not the gospel of Jesus. If we insist that we must earn our rewards as a right or payment for our good works, we will also deserve our punishment for everything bad. That is no way to find peace with God.
Instead, God promises the free gift of eternal life to those who believe. It has nothing to do with how hard we work at being good; it relies entirely on trusting God to give us what we do not deserve because that is what He has promised. That was how Abraham was justified (Romans 4:1-3). King David too, after experiencing the misery of unconfessed sin, found that repentance and faith in God's promises brought peace and joy. Despite his wickedness, David believed that God would forgive freely, and would restore him. He then found his relationship with God was back on track.
We call this the 'grace of God'. His delight in forgiving sinners who repent is the most precious gift to human beings. We do not deserve His favour, we only deserve punishment. But "the Lord has laid on Him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6). God gives us His righteousness in exchange for our wickedness: it is His gift to all who will receive it. www.crosscheck.org.uk explains God's logic: it is the gospel message that your friends and colleagues need to see and hear - so give them the URL, watch it with them or offer to discuss it. Initially it may not make sense by human logic but it is our only way to be saved. So rejoice in God's free gift and tell others how to receive it too.
© Dr Paul Adams