After her first flight, someone asked an elderly lady what she thought of being on a plane. She said, ‘It was okay, but I never did put my whole weight on it.’ And we do the same when we refuse to place our trust on the finished work of Christ. Most major religions answer the question, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ by handing you a book of rules you must keep to get to heaven. A lot of us try and give up in discouragement. Instead of leading you away from God’s grace, satan tries to make you earn it. When asked, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ Paul didn’t say, ‘Work harder, pray longer, give more, and be more moral.’ No, he said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…’ (v. 31 NIV). Believing is the root of the tree we call salvation; behaving is the fruit that grows on it. We don’t do good works to be saved – our good works are just an expression of love and gratitude to the One who already saved us. The Bible says, ‘…We should be holy and without blame…’ (Ephesians 1:4 NKJV). Without blame? That’s an impossible standard! The only way that will happen is if God takes the righteousness of Christ and credits it to our account. And He does! ‘God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV). The moment you place your trust in Christ, God sees you as ‘righteous’, and on that basis He accepts you 24/7. Aren’t you glad?
Jesus said, ‘Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life…’ (v. 25 AMP). Now, the Lord is not condemning you for having a legitimate concern about your responsibilities. No, what He’s condemning is having a mindset that keeps leaving Him out of the equation, or turning to Him only as a last resort. Destructive anxiety subtracts God from the future, faces uncertainties with no faith, tallies up the challenges of today and tomorrow, and forgets to include God’s promises and His faithfulness. Jesus told His disciples, ‘I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough.’ Note the words ‘whether you have enough’. That’s what we worry about, isn’t it? Shortfalls, sickness, redundancies, economic downturns. Faced with the feeding of five thousand people, the disciples had the same worry. Philip did an audit: ‘…Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!’ (John 6:7 NIV). How do you suppose Jesus felt in that moment? Standing next to them was the solution to their problems, but they didn’t go to Him until their backs were to the wall and they had no answers. In their hands five loaves and two fishes looked like nothing. Yet in His hands it was more than enough to feed the multitude and solve their problem. As the bread kept multiplying, surely they must have come to the point where they said, ‘Lord, why did I ever doubt You?’. Let your problems drive you into the arms of Jesus. And when you get there, stay there!
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