The Things I’ve Done

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Eventually, it happens. No matter the success in life, a person will hit the wall of contemplation and wonder about the purpose of living. Some people immediately push the snooze button and pretend that it isn’t time to wake up, while others, choose to hide the feeling under the umbrella of work, hobbies, or anything else that keeps the mind from settling on the fact that there is something missing in this life. We all know it – we all feel it.

Here is what we know: we are born, and then we die. The only question is how long the in-between time period will last. That’s sort of depressing, right? Yes, even the people jet-setting around the world, posting pictures of all the different places they are currently visiting on twitter, making you feel like you are missing out, share the same fate. Time doesn’t seem to take into account the wealth of a person, though.

What hope is there in this life? For people who claim there is no God, there is no hope. The ground is the final destination, so live it up, because this is all you got. Unfortunately, for quite a few people on this earth, this life kind of..uh…well…sucks. They weren’t given a very good hand from the “Random Atom Dance” deck of cards. Don’t look for help from the atheist god, Richard Dawkins, either, because he believes that it is perfectly okay for your life to suck, since it’s perfectly reasonable for the “Random Atom Dance” to deal great lives and not-so great lives. It’s purely a mathematical equation – no need to get upset about it. Ya know, it’s easy for him not get upset about it, because his “Random Atom Dance” hand turned out well.

Ah, but there is another belief that does offer hope to everyone, not just the smart people. Oh no, this path offers hope to the wicked, not-so smart, rich, poor, people of all races, tall, short, athletes, non-athletes, brainiacs (Richard Dawkins), and you get the idea… No one is excluded. Enter the Good News or the Gospel.

We all have heard John 3:16, right? “For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Yep, this leaves no one out. There’s no IQ test. Some people might say, “Yeah, that’s great and all, but the things I’ve done….”

The magnificence of grace is that the belief in Christ, the Redeemer, covers all sins. Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” In other words, there is no need to try to balance the past sins by performing good works, because that is not how salvation works. This is a tough thing to accept, because from the very beginning we are taught that we must work to make amends, that we are in control; therefore, we have to make things right. However, it is not possible for us to reconcile ourselves to God, and it is not necessary due to Christ’s redemptive work.

Faith and belief in Christ is the membership card for this club. That’s it – Acts 10:34, “Then Peter began to speak, ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism…’” Salvation is not something that is hoarded and protected. Oh no, it is something proclaimed and shared by everyone. This is the real way of people who follow Christ.

Yeah, but, “The things I’ve done…”

Yeah, me too, my friend. Me, too.

 

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