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Thursday, January 23, 2014

How Good is Good Enough?

We are taught all our lives to "be good", and we should be. But when it comes to our salvation we cannot be "good enough". In Max Lucado's book GRACE he shares a few things about trying to be good enough. First of all; How good is good enough?

“Most people embrace the idea that God saves good people. Still no one can answer the fundamental question: What level of good is good enough?” The stakes are high—our eternal destination is on the line.

 The trouble with trying to be good enough is it only makes us weary and frustrated. Attempts at self-salvation guarantee nothing but exhaustion.”

“Do not let all kinds of strange teachings lead you into the wrong way. Your hearts should be strengthened by God’s grace, not by obeying rules.” (Hebrews 13:9 ncv)

It doesn’t lead to more faith. “Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith, but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule-keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: ‘The one who does these things [rule-keeping] continues to live by them.’ Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself.” (Galatians 3:12–13 msg)

Receive God's grace with a grateful and transformed heart.