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The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will
keep your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
Psalm 121:7-8 ESV
Many people are asked, what can we do to be saved. Many of us want to be part of the in-crowd club. Unfortunately this often happens with churches as well. So many churches add little extras onto their faith statements. These things are innocent enough. We should all wish to help the needy or attend worship regularly. But soon the things that were meant to merely describe our changed lives become things that prescribe our changed life.
In describing the point of the church in 1 Corinthians 13:8, Paul states that prophesies and preaching and theologizing will all pass away. But love doesn't. Well, what is that love? It is a love that is focused on Christ and His promise. In fact, in the book of Acts (16:31), Paul is asked the question about how to earn salvation. His response is beautiful. He states, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Luther concurs by stating, "Faith is a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God’s grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures."
But people ask, "How can I be good?" You are good when you warm yourself by the goodness of Christ. You can only be good when you reflect the goodness of Christ's light. If that is not enough for a person, than that person is looking for some other Gospel (Galatians 1:8-9). They wished to find warmth in some other place than by the fire or reflect a light other than the source.
Is it really that simple? Just believing? Any saint will tell you that it is much harder to look to Christ's redeeming work than attempting to manufacture it on your own. In fact believing in faith is the hardest thing you will ever have to do. Letting God occupy the part of the heart that was made for Him alone is difficult and the world will lie to you and tell you it isn't enough. But the Lord has promised to keep you and will chase out the darkness and coldness in your life. All you have to do is believe He is strong enough to accomplish what He sets out to do and trustworthy enough to fulfill His promises.