Works Ethic

Posted on Apr 18 , 2014 in Faith & Grace & Salvation

Works Ethic

© By Brad L Hodges

Ephesians 2:8-10
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

It is amazing how many people in the world believe that just by being “a good person” and doing “good things” that you will be assured a place in Heaven.

The shocking truth is that there are, and will be, a lot of “good people” in Hell.

That statement is hard for me to say and harder still for those who have not, through faith in Jesus Christ, received Him as their personal savior, and affirmed that it is by grace alone, not works, that gets you to eternity, to accept.

God leveled the playing field by providing a passage to eternity for mankind’s broken fellowship with Him based not on all the good things one does in life, which allows for a potentially boastful hierarchy, but by accepting the fact Christ died for everyone, equally, regardless of status, good works or riches because; “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23.

Because the God of the Universe knows the heart of every human on earth He knows that just by doing good things it does not mean you are not a part of humanity that decided to reject Him and that sin is not an integral part of your DNA;

He [Jesus] said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight – Luke 16:15 (NIV).

Sin has a broad path in all it’s manifestations and the gate is wide to allow so many who ultimately decide to reject God to pass through;

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way – Matthew 7:13 (NLT).

Since every single being on earth was derived from God and in their spirit they know His higher power exists, there is no excuse for not being aware of bad, or sin, regardless of doing good;

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse – Romans 1:20 (ESV).

Once someone accepts Christ as the gateway to eternity, good works become a byproduct, not an end result of doing them. See verse 10 of the opening passages.

As we enter the sacred time of Easter it is an opportune time to turn ones attention from the secular world of chocolate bunny’s and brightly colored eggs, all “good things” in the eyes of mankind, to what it truly represents which is that Jesus Christ defeated death so that all mankind may live eternally by accepting His sacrifice on the cross.

All eyes are on the holiday and there is an awareness of some deeper significance in it beyond marshmallow chicks. Why not take the time to turn your eyes on the true meaning of Easter and exchange a “works ethic” for a “grace belief?”

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