Lets use our imaginations for a second. Lets say you have put your trust in God and have committed your life to Him – you then decide you’re going to spend your days volunteering in a hospital, taking care of the sick and your evenings in a soup kitchen for the poor because you’re sure that’s the only way you will get into heaven. Although you are completely missing the point of grace and actually what it means to have a relationship with God, you will still get into heaven. That to me just goes to show the amazing incomprehensible way in which God works.
Romans 6v14 speaks about us not being under any laws therefore sin will have no dominion over us. This means that no matter our sin, our wrong doings, if we have truly given our lives to God, committed our lives to Him then we are saved and will spend eternity with Him in heaven.
This also hasn’t got anything to do with good works as it says in Galatians 2v16. ‘‘…yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.’’
It is also confirmed in Romans 3v24. ‘’…and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.’’
If you choose to spend your days volunteering in a hospital, taking care of the sick and your evenings in a soup kitchen feeding the poor, you choose it out of a relationship with God, because you’ve understood grace, because you love Him and you know He loves you no matter what. When you enter into a relationship with the big G you want to please Him and do anything to glorify Him and essentially bring people to Him.
It’s amazing that this concept only really hit me a few days ago. I have known since being a Christian that this was the case but for some reason it’s been something on my mind recently and it has challenged me to look at my motives and look at why I do what I do.
Sometimes I’ve struggled in life with seeing a need somewhere, for example lifting children to and from youth, helping everyone who comes and knocks on my front door or jumping at the opportunity to help in someway regardless how exhausted I am. This issue is something I’ve had to deal with and not just ignore for many reasons. One of the reasons is because there is so much need in this world that I cannot fix, far from it in fact but that I can potentially help them in some way shape or form, also if I don’t help them then who is going too? It’s not about me helping as many people as I can but what I’ve come to terms with is that I can’t help everyone so let me just do for one what I wish I could do for many. This I know pleases God, He knows my heart and knows what I wish I could do and I will keep praying for the ones I can’t help, He will help them without using me as a vessel.
I hope this blog challenges everyone who reads it to look at their lives and firstly ask who is God and what does He mean to me? Secondly have I understood grace? Thirdly, what are my motivations for doing the things I do? And lastly, what can I do to change how I see God?