04 Jan We Can Never Earn God’s Favor
Each day I receive via email a daily devotional published by an Islamic organization. Last week one was entitled, “How to earn Allah’s favor.” If anyone ever wanted an answer to the question, “What is the difference between Islam and Christianity?” this was it. We do not have to earn God’s favor. If we did it would be impossible because God requires perfection. God, according to Jesus, is a loving father who woos us. The incredible part of this is “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10. The wonder of Christianity is this; it is not a religion of people in search of God. It is just the reverse. God has consistently sought opportunities to reveal Himself to us. According to Hebrews 1 His best effort was the incarnation of Jesus. When we see Jesus we see the Father. John 14. This is what God is really like.
But what about that perfection thing? We can’t do it. Here is the beauty. Jesus did it! “By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:19. It is so amazing. It is incredible and it makes Christianity absolutely distinct from every other religion in the world. We do not have to earn God’s favor. We already have it. Does that mean everyone will be saved? Alas, no. Millions will refuse the gift. God’s heart has been, is and will be broken over and over because He longs to save all. But what joy we can provide Him. Accept the gift and heaven rejoices. You gotta love this!
Written by Roger Bothwell on January 11, 2010
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