Everyone seems to agree that all we have to do to reach God is fly a little straighter, pray a little harder, live more nobly, become more religious, and perform more charitable deeds. What is the idea behind this thinking? It simply is the thought that we are piling up enough positive things in our lifetime that in the end of our life we will somehow be entitled to live in the presence of a Holy God.
What an eye opener are the words of the prophet that point out the foolishness of such an idea, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isa 64:6).
I must be candid, at one time I too was absolutely certain that the way to gain God’s favor was to perform, achieve, and strive. Then one day I met the Son of God in a powerful way and learned that the only way to gain his favor was to accept his gift of grace. Upon accepting his grace my soul was overwhelmed by His peace and love. On that day He put an end to my useless striving, and changed my entire world.