Is it all about good works?

Many would-be followers see the focus in Christianity on good works and misinterpret that good works must lead to salvation and not be a gift from it.

Confused and weary, they soon stop trying to keep up with the Messiah’s footprints and blame Him for their sore feet and dusty throat.

The tragedy is, had they only stopped, they would have realized, as they walked, theirs were the only footprints trying to match Christ’s.  All other footprints follow behind, and for good reason.  No one can “keep up” with Christ.  But everyone can follow.  He will always wait, wait on every man and woman and child with lame foot, weak knees, broken back.  He has been known (and some would even go so far as to say He is notorious for) dragging great mats full of the crippled behind Him.

Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (Ephesians 2:8-10, Message Paraphrase)


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