Our moment comes when God’s grace meets our faith. This is the Gospel—it is never bad news, but always Good News. God doesn’t favor us based on whether or not we can meet some human standard of goodness. He is the standard, and He knows that on our own we can never meet it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Romans 3:23 says that all of us have fallen short of God’s glorious standard. That is why Jesus came to Earth in the first place; He knew that we couldn’t do it on our own.
It doesn’t matter how many times we go to church each month, how often we read the Bible, whether we do something good every day, or whether we pray to God before every meal. None of that can save us. Those are all good things, but by placing our trust in ourselves and what we have done in order to be saved, we’ve fallen into a trap set by the enemy.
Jesus loves us so much that even though none of us can reach His standard, He came to the Earth anyway to express God’s voice to the entire world. Remember that Jesus is for you—why would He have come at all if He wasn’t?
Some of us think that we are so bad, so unclean, that Jesus would never want to heal our hearts. But He is more powerful than anything we could ever do. And there are those of us who believe that we can make it on our own—but salvation isn’t a reward for what we’ve done. Even though everything else we do in this world is based on our performance, God’s love isn’t earned, but freely given.
If we can understand His love and goodness, and trust in Him, He will be able to become everything He planned for us to be. The verse right after Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” God has a plan for each of us to do great things, but it takes audacity to step out and have complete faith in Him. It’s not easy, but placing your full trust in God is the best decision you will ever make.