Reflections Along the Jesus Way
March 19, 2023 – Quote for the Day:
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done. Your religious background and credentials, or lack thereof, are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if you have been a petty criminal, an atheist, a cult member, a mass murderer, or even a goody-two-shoes self-righteous-better-than-everybody-else-holy-Joe.
It doesn’t matter if you have been baptized, or if you have been immersed rather than sprinkled. If you have never had a drop of alcohol touch your lips, God still loves you, but he doesn’t love you because you have never imbibed.
If you have started every day, for the last two decades, with a six-pack of beer for breakfast, God loves you anyway. You can’t drink enough to make God stop loving you. Of course, he doesn’t love you because you’ve been guzzling a six-pack for breakfast – it’s just that your drinking has nothing to do with his unconditional love.
It doesn’t matter if you have read the Bible every day of your life or if you don’t even know which end of the Bible to start at. Things that we do might be a confirmation of a relationship God has with us, things that we do might demonstrate and reveal the faith in God we have, things we do might reflect on the goodness and grace of God so that he might have all the glory, but things we do will never be the foundation of our relationship with God.
A grace-based, Christ-centered relationship with God is established by one thing and one thing alone. Faith. Faith in God – trust in him – acceptance of his grace. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s All About Grace.”
Originally published in:
Spiritual Soup for the Hungry Soul, Volume 1