Resting on the Grace of Jesus

The opening statement of the post, “The Finished Work of Christ,” is the center of this entry. It says, “God wants us to rest on the finished work of Christ.” To me this means resting on the grace of Jesus. Let me explain.

Don’t we all worry about our salvation at one point or another? Don’t we all sometimes feel as though what we are doing here on Earth is simply not enough to gain us entrance to heaven? Knowing our doubting nature, Jesus gave us assurance of his grace in Ephesians 2:8, 9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God not of works, lest anyone should boast”
Although worrying about our salvation is a good sign that we really want to be with God in Heaven, being obsessed about gaining entrance to heaven is pointless, unhealthy, and possibly even sinful. Salvation is freely offered to all of us. All we have to do is accept this offer of Christ and believe that Jesus has done all that is necessary to provide complete salvation to all of mankind.

Instead of wasting our time worrying on what we can do to gain salvation, we should live our lives for Christ–praising and thanking him for all that he has done. We should also be doing our absolute best to follow his footsteps and live a virtuous life as he did. Resting on the grace of Jesus is making use of the gift God has given us.

God’s Amazing Grace Can Transform Your Life If You Let It

I have always been amazed by God’s saving grace. How could someone so powerful send His only son to die on the cross just to save such others? What is even more amazing is the fact that God intended to save each and every human being–both the good and the wicked; the believers and the unbelievers. As it says in the Bible, “He gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (I Timothy 2:6)

Indeed, salvation is free but as God has always been, He gives us the freedom of choice–to either accept or refuse His saving grace. When we take and embrace God’s grace, it will transform us and make us long for heaven and seek after God’s will. But if we do otherwise, we continue to live according to our sinful human nature and fall away from God.

Let this post titled, You will be either saved, or Lost think about the amazing grace of God and its power to purify our hearts and transform our lives.

The Real Value of a Degree

On Deacon Greg Kandra’s blog, we found this insightful article discussing the merits of a college/university degree.  In it, Deacon Greg corroborates the thoughts of another article, in which the author stresses the importance of looking beyond a higher institutionalized education.  Instead, both the author and Deacon Greg urge one must find personal value beyond a diploma, particularly by finding ones faith and grace.

Naturally,  I agree that a person’s worth extends far beyond a diploma.  Additionally, in our increasingly competitive job market, diplomas and CVs and accolades are given tremendous thought and value, though these things alone are not necessarily indicative of a person’s intelligence, potential, or personality. I believe people absolutely must strive be to well-rounded, not just simply degree-laden.

With that being said however, of course receiving a degree is highly beneficial!And in today’s world, it is slowly but surely creeping towards “necessary” in many situations that traditionally would not call for such academic requirements (ever hear the phrase “bachelor degrees are the new high school diplomas”?!).  Thus, the key is to put that degree to good use!  Earning a degree for the sake of holding a piece of paper in ones hand is pointless; instead, use the education to better the world, help others, and in turn–add more value to yourself as a person, not simply a graduate.