Who is your savior?

Jesus Christ savior - it is finished

Over the past several years I’ve observed and learned that it’s easy for Christians, myself included, to place rules over our personal relationship with Christ.

I was trained as an engineer in college and worked as one for 8 years so I was intuitively comfortable with systematic thinking, rules and laws. They come with this sense of “security” in thinking that if I could just follow the correct rules, God would be happy with all that I do, right? And when I messed up was when God would be angry with me, right?

Well… not so fast.

The very gospel of Jesus… the Good News… isn’t based on performance at all.

No amount of good behavior can win more of God’s love, nor can my bad actions cause God to turn His back against me. When my eyes, thoughts and heart were fixated on rules… those rules effective morphed into my personal “savior” when it was supposed to be Jesus as the one true Messiah!

The importance of trusting and having faith in God and fixing our eyes on Jesus has been taught, preached and reinforced by practically every pastor in their sermons, yet in PRACTICE every person walks a different path.

My personal shift from being a rule-follower to a Jesus-follower began as I realized that daily I MUST preach the gospel *to myself* without looking to the person to my left or to my right.

I sin daily… and those sins demand a punishment or some kind of negative consequence. From that perspective, I most likely deserved an eternity separation from God!

However, Jesus paid for my sins (all of ours, in fact) through His sacrificial death and subsequent resurrection; and through surrendering and trusting in Him, I have been adopted into the family of God since 2012 and an eternal relationship with God.

When I chose to give my heart to God, I *naturally* wants to turn away from sin, meditate on God’s words and seek to become more Christ like even when I know I could *never* be perfect. All I want is when God looks at me, He sees the righteousness of Christ in me. So no amount of “performance” will make God love me any more or any less because everyone falls short.

Romans 3:21-24 ” But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[h] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. ”