One thing that has been on my mind recently has been the thought about “our works vs. Christ work.” I have been challenged in my personal relationship with Jesus to focus more on the work that Jesus has done for me, and not on the work that I am trying to do. In our Christian culture, many people would say that we are not saved by works, but we treat believers in many cases that we are kept by our works. That is just not the case, Jesus keeps us, and has already completed the work for us! Now, I am not suggesting that you now have liberty to live anyway that you would like. I believe that we have liberty, but it is a liberty and freedom to break the chains of sin through the work that Jesus did on the cross. My challenge to you today is not to try harder, and do better, but to look at the one who won the victory for you. If we get a solid glimpse of Him, our life will be right, and righteousness will come, because we are focusing on Jesus and His righteousness in us rather than the righteousness that we “try” to muster up on our own! By the way, the Bible describes the good things that you do in and of yourself as filthy rags! So, let’s stop trying to work harder and do better, and focus on Jesus, and get our eyes on Him. Then, right living will be a byproduct of a relationship with Jesus and personal work of Jesus! in our lives. Remember, Jesus loves and accepts you right now regardless of where you are. Nothing we do will make Him love us less! Grasp that thought, and it can change your life.
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Josh Evans is the family pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. He has served in this position since June of 2014. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students since 2006. Josh is passionate about seeing life change in families and teaching them the truths of the Word of God. Josh is a blogger, speaker, family pastor, and a Duke Blue Devils fan! Josh and his wife Abby were married in February of 2008, and those years have been the happiest years of his life. Josh and Abby have two kids. Lynlee and Cameron. Josh and his family live in the Jacksonville, FL area. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at firstname.lastname@example.org. View all posts by Josh Evans