For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
You’re probably familiar with Polaris, commonly referred to as the North Star. It’s one of the brightest stars in the sky and in near perfect alignment with the Earth’s rotation; resulting in a fixed position in our night sky and a reliable navigational reference point. It’s been a literal guiding light, pointing man North for thousands of years. Of course, no matter how far we travel North, we’ll never reach this star. It’s impossible.
The Mosaic Law of the Bible’s Old Testament is similar to the North Star. This law was given to Moses to unite ancient Israel and separate them as God’s chosen people by pointing them “north”, away from sin and towards righteousness (Deut 5:32). But, because we are naturally sinful, humans fall well short of living up to God’s perfection (Romans 3:23). We will never reach it. This is why God, in his endless love, has freed us from our sin with the blood of His own son, Jesus (Romans 3:24).
“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins (Romans 8:3 NLT).”
And this gift is available to anyone.
Christ loves us no matter who we are now, or who we have been in the past. He loves us no matter what we’ve done, or what we think we’re capable of doing.
We are all sinners.
Yet, God loves us too much to leave us to our sinful ways. By simply inviting Christ into our lives and receiving his healing grace, his Spirit transforms us into who we were meant to be. Best of all, when we stumble (and we all do), His grace is extended to us over and over, for eternity.
We were once dead in our sin but God, rich in mercy and grace, has given us a new life.
Have you asked Christ into your heart? If not, do so today.
Today’s author: Mark Henderson—Founder of The Inspired Legacy
Mark is a creative professional with more than 20 years experience in the fields of web design and advertising. He also serves as the chief content officer at The Inspired Legacy, an online ministry dedicated to shining a light on God’s gift of parenthood. The organization aims to inspire and equip fathers to boldly lead their families, love their kids unconditionally, and leave a legacy of grown children that carry on these same traditions. Mark resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife, Kimberly. Together, they have three children, two girls, and one boy.