Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 6:23
A lot of Christians believe you have to work your way into heaven. Heaven is a free gift. If it were possible for us to earn our way into heaven, God would not have sent his one and only Son to die on the cross for our sins.
So why can’t man just accept this free gift of eternal life and quit striving to reach heaven by his own good deeds and works? Sometimes we feel the need to pay Jesus back for what he has done.
This is giving Jesus a knuckle sandwich. He doesn’t want payment; he wants to give us a free gift: eternal life.
Jesus is the sinless Son of God, the only one who could pay the penalty for our sins. And he did that because he loves us so much.
So why can’t personal effort, good works, or religious deeds earn ...
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