Some people are rich and others are poor. That has always been true and always will be. Jesus himself said, “You always have the poor with you.” I wonder how many realize that even in Heaven there will be rich and poor.
Salvation is a free gift from God, not something we can earn by anything we do. But the goal of salvation isn’t just to get into Heaven.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
We are not saved by works but we are saved to do good works. Our salvation itself is a free gift but our works after salvation will be judged and rewarded. Read the rest of this entry
Under the Law of Moses the Israelites were required to worship God by offering animal sacrifices. There were several different kinds of sacrifices required but one thing they all had in common was that the animals had to be free of any defects. In the time of the prophet Malachi many of the people were dishonoring God by offering imperfect animals.
“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear?” says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name.
But you say, “How have we despised your name?” By offering polluted food upon my altar.
But you say, “How have we polluted you?” By saying that the LORD’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil?
Some people make a bucket list, a list of things they want to do before they die. The name comes from the expression “kick the bucket”, a slang expression for dying.
If you are a Christian you don’t need to make a bucket list. God has already made one for you.
We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
The purpose of these works isn’t to achieve salvation. Salvation is a gift that God gives us by his grace and we receive it by faith.
By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
We aren’t saved by our works but one of the reasons we are saved is to serve God by carrying out the work he has given us to do.
It is easy to see the reason for many of the commands God gives but there are others that don’t seem to make any sense. For example, what about this one?
You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together.
What difference can it possibly make what our clothes are made of? Read the rest of this entry