Wedesday, March 19, 2014

Romans 4:1-5 (ESV)

1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.  And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

Abraham’s faith in God is what the Lord counted as righteousness.  It was not Abraham’s actions, obedience or faithfulness that was counted as righteousness but his faith, his believe in God. Abraham was justified by his faith and so are we.  We are so blessed to be saved by grace.  It is not something we can earn but rather, the free gift given to us by the Lord.  It is so counter cultural to be able to receive something without working for it or earning it in some way.  We don’t have to work for our salvation because Jesus has done the work for us in dying on the cross for our sins.

If we were able to earn our own salvation, we would have something to boast about.  Instead, we boast about what Jesus has done for us.  Our salvation is not based on who we are or what we have done but rather, based on who Jesus is and what Jesus did on our behalf.

His tremendous sacrifice justifies us before the Lord.  We spend the rest of our lives in the process of sanctification where we become more and more like Christ.  He changes us from the inside out. The Lord changes our desires, thoughts and wills so that they become aligned with His.  This sanctification process makes us want the things God wants and empowers us to live the lives He created us to live.

Gracious Father, we are incredibly thankful you provided a way for us to be justified in your eyes through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  We know it is not based on anything we did but everything He did.  Help us transform our hearts and minds to be more like your Son’s each day.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.