I just returned from a two week vacation in the sunshine state. It was a refreshing couple of weeks. The airline that I traveled with has a special membership program. When you enroll in this program you can earn certain travel privileges, perks that are designed to make traveling easier. Some perks include:
- priority check-in
- priority boarding (reserved blue carpet line)
- priority baggage handling
- lounge access in airports
These are all great perks that must be earned. All of these benefits are earned through meeting spending levels, accumulating travel miles. You must earn your way into this special membership program.
In Romans 10, the biblical writer Paul talks about two paths that people use to obtain right standing with God. They are law righteousness and faith righteousness. I talked about this in a recent message. You can listen to it here – http://www.elim.nf.ca/archive/a-fresh-gift-of-grace/
The people of Paul’s day were not looking for a savior but instead depending on their works (law righteous). They believed that human achievement, good works, good behavior, could earn them right standing with God and a place in God’s new world. Instead, Paul points his readers to Jesus (faith righteousness). Paul says that we are saved by believing in Jesus and calling upon His name.
Romans 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
A group of us attended the last NHL game of the season between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins. It was fan appreciation night. We arrived early to take in all the celebrations that were happening outside the stadium. Music, outdoor games, prize booths, give-away’
s and food trucks. We were standing around, along with thousands of others, when a man walked up to us and said, ‘if you walk up to that food truck over there, and tell them that Mr. B sent you, they will give you a free pulled pork sandwich.’ Well, we did want all hungry Newfoundlander’s would do in a similar situation, we made our way over to that food truck for free food! I don’t think any of us really believed that we were going to get a free sandwich. But, sure enough, after waiting around the truck for a few moments, we all cautiously walked up and whispered, ‘Mr. B sent us.’ And to our surprise, they gave each one of us a free sandwich.
I am so very thankful that my salvation does not depend on how well I behave or perform. I am saved entirely because of grace – not by works, not by good intentions, gifts or prayers, but saved and kept freely by God’s grace. God loves you and accepts you unconditionally through faith in His Son. Salvation is not offered on the basis of working or measuring up. It is offered on the basis of trusting in Jesus.
So, trust in Jesus today . . . call upon Him and tell somebody.