We need to decide what kind of righteousness we are seeking, whether we are depending on good works and character, or trusting Christ alone for salvation. God does not save people on the basis of birth or behavior. He saves them “by grace, through faith” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
It is not a question of whether or not we are among God’s elect. That is a mystery known only to God. He offers us His salvation by faith. The offer is made to “whosoever will” (Revelation 22:17). After we have trusted Christ, we have the witness and evidence that we are among His elect. But first we must trust Him and receive by faith His righteousness which alone can guarantee heaven.
How fitting that American coinage has the inscription “In God We Trust.” May it ever be so—for the nation and ourselves.
Verse for today: “In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion” (Psalm 71:1).
Also read: Ephesians 1:4-14; 2:8-9; Revelation 22:17; 1 Thessalonians 1; Psalm 56:4.
Action assignment: We often judge people on the basis of their appearance, behavior, speech, or cultural background. Have you ever thanked God that that is not the way He operates? Salvation is free to those who receive it. Ask God to help you trust in Him with more awareness of His grace and acceptance.
WARREN W. WIERSBE