THE STORY OF JESUS: Romans 3-4
“A person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” (Romans 3:28)
Paul writes to Jews who thought God accepted them because of the law.
Just follow the rules and God will be happy; He will see you as righteous.
But Paul challenges this rule-focused righteousness; what about the heart?
God is looking for open hearts (faith), not just good deeds (works).
Paul isn’t saying works don’t matter, but they must come from the heart.
Faith is the driving force, the longing of the sinful soul to know God.
Believers in the bible were usually weak, humble, uncertain sinners.
Like Abraham, they made many mistakes, and yet God accepts them!
They were open to God, aware of their sin, and eager to please Him.
We’ve turned faith into a system of beliefs, a mental response to ideas.
We’ve turned it into a ‘work’, a checklist of beliefs needed to be saved.
I know many people who say they ‘believe’, but seem disengaged from God.
This ‘faith’ is not what Paul has in mind; it is just another empty work.
God knows the heart, whether we really want to know and please Him!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, light a fire in my heart that genuinely wants to know and serve You, a heart that works because it wants to, not just because it has to!