"For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith – and this is a not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast."
Do you remember taking tests in high school? Exam day would come and those who studied were prepared, those who didn't study were praying hard that the teacher would grade this one on a curve. So many people in today's world are hoping God will be like that high school teacher and grade the cosmic exam of life on a curve. In short, they hope they can earn their way to God, thinking, "If I can just do enough good, hopefully God will let me in to heaven when I die."
The reality is that good isn't good enough, but God is God enough! God doesn't grade on a curve, because he's given us the answer key to the test! He has made the path to him simple. It comes down to our putting faith in the work he has already done. Don't try to complicate a connection through Christ. Simply trust that what God has done through Jesus is enough to secure your eternity and clear you from carrying any guilt. So let it go and live guilt free. He will give you all that you need to make the most of this one and only life!
If you are wondering what the answers to life's test are and what it means to have a relationship with Christ, go back one page on this APP and read yesterday's devotional. There, you will find that a relationship with him is as easy as 1...2...3! And if there is someone in your life who is asking for the answer, remember, this isn't high school. It's okay to share the answer!
God, I admit to you that at times I try to earn your love. But I know there is nothing I can do to make you love me any more or any less. So right now, I simply thank you for your love! Amen.