Devotion - March 5, 2020

Romans 4: 1-5 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a] Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.  Devotion by Laurie Spencer Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?  This phrase keeps rolling around in my head as I research this passage.  Does everything emerge from the faith that we have in God? Or do our good deeds and devotions create good Christians, filling us with faith? Here it is again in Ephesians 2: ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Even CS Lewis grappled with this same question: ...’It does seem to me like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary.... The Bible really seems to clinch the matter when it puts the two things together into one amazing sentence. The first half is, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”—which looks as if everything depended on us and our good actions: but the second half goes on, “For it is God who worketh in you”—which looks as if God did everything and we nothing. I am afraid that is the sort of thing we come up against in Christianity. I am puzzled, but I am not surprised...” Me, I’m not splitting hairs.  The chicken and the egg were created in God’s image. The scissors need both sides to function.  I am God’s work of art and so are you.  And with a little faith, we can do amazing things! Prayer Father, Mother God, I love you, and I love what you do to me.

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