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Let’s Not Forget Grace

By Don Loftis | 05.28.14

Steve Higginbotham recently shared a story about former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg.  After making a fifty million dollar donation to a charity, he offered the following personal commentary, “I am telling you, if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed.  I am heading straight in … I have earned my place in heaven.  It’s not even close.”

In the midst of his generosity, Mr. Bloomberg seems to have missed several key truths.  We are all sinners, and the wage for that sin is death (Romans 3:23; 6:23).  Isaiah 64:6 reminds us that our righteousness (the best side of us) is as filthy rags to God.  Jesus reminded folks that even when we have done all that we can do, we remain unprofitable servants  (Luke 17:10).

I don’t mean to doubt my salvation, but I do not want to stand before God seeking entrance into heaven based on my personal accomplishments or generosity.  Perfect attendance, moral living, and generous giving flow out of our relationship with our Savior.  They are not the basis of our hope.

When we stand before the Lord on the great day of judgment, the only credentials that will matter will be the blood of Jesus Christ.  Let’s value the love of God shown in Jesus’ coming and His grace offered on Calvary.  Come to think about it, I would rather put my confidence in Him than in my personal deeds of piety!



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