Linking up with Amanda over at With A Joyful Noise
“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4
Though this verse doesn’t directly state it, I get the idea that this was another one of those attempts to work one’s way to Heaven. It seems like this has been an issue ever since the very beginning when Adam and Eve first sinned.
“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” Genesis 3:7
Almost as soon as a person realizes they are not all they should be, their first thought is to fix the problem in their own strength. Yet it is an impossibility.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9
Many times this same tendency carries over even after we realize salvation can only come through faith in the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood and have been saved. We then try to live the Christian life in our power and seek to please God by the things that we do. But once again, it’s impossible.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
The bottom line is that, nothing we do either before or after salvation makes us good enough to merit God’s favor. However, we are motivated to live lives of holiness that we may be identified with the Christ Who payed the debt for our sins and that we may give glory to Him.
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Peter 1:15,16