One of the best sights to see in the world is a “HOT DONUTS NOW” sign in front of a Krispy Kreme store. You can even go online on your computer or smartphone and find the store closest to you that has fresh donuts ready! Nothing forces you to go get a donut, but you’re definitely going to know that you’re missing out.
And as much as I want to, I can’t make my own Krispy Kreme donut. I don’t have the knowledge or the equipment to make one on my own. But that’s okay, because the sign is lit up and telling me that there are hot donuts ready right now; all I have to do is turn my car into the parking lot, walk inside, and receive one.
A lot of people think that the law of Moses given in the Old Testament was a list of a bunch of rules to follow, but that isn’t its purpose at all. God gave us the law to show us that we can’t make it on our own. Romans 3:20 says, “For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” None of us measures up to God’s standard—the law shows us that!
But Jesus is like that Krispy Kreme donut store, with a sign shining and inviting everyone to come in. By faith, you turn into the parking lot, trusting that there will be fresh, hot donuts waiting for you inside, and by faith we trust that it is by grace that we’re made right with God.
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.” It’s not because of anything we’ve done, but because of Jesus’ work done on the cross. We don’t have to constantly be trying to check religious duties off a list, trying to please God. Because Christ has already done the labor, our focus doesn’t have to be on working to make it in God’s kingdom.
When we step out and receive this amazing grace that Jesus offers, we can taste the sweetness and goodness of God. Ephesians 2:10 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.” With God’s help, we can live out His character in the world and make a tremendous difference in our community.