Communication Breakdown

So many Christians today believe that there is some magic sauce or recipe for getting to God–"If I only do this," soon becomes, "if I had only done that," and so on. Pretty often our "saved by grace" turns into "saved by works." The most common words that I hear from Christians is, "I need to get rid of this sin before I can really be saved genuinely," or that "I need to do more things in the Church." These sayings suggets that our salvation is all about the things we do, not about who God is. In reality we should focus on not what He has done for us but on what we can do for him. See it isn't about us; it is about him. Jesus bought us for a price.

If you're interested, I think this list would be what most of us would use for a checklist for getting to Heaven. See if you resonate with it.

  1. Know God, Right? Sounds pretty correct.

  2. I should do everything moral and just, or minimal sin.

  3. I should do good things.

  4. I need to be the best person I can be.

  5. Love Everybody. Sounds good.

  6. Go to church every Sunday.

  7. Read Scripture everyday.

  8. …. The list can go on and on.

God doesn't see it this way. There has been a communication breakdown between us and God because he sees it like this: do or did you love me. Believe and you will find rest in Him. It is that simple. Jesus gave us two charges: to love Him and to love everybody.

On the flipside, here is God's list of requirements.

  1. John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

The question I'm left with is this: do we truly believe this? Or are we just "faking for the game" or trying to get to Heaven through our own works…something to think about.

In Christ,

Brian Morrissette

 

Brian Morrissette