Working diligently and long hours should get one more pay. In our usual thinking that is a fair standard. It is natural to carry this thinking over to our relation with God. “Work hard and you will be in favor with God. Let your good deeds outweigh your bad and He will give you eternal life.” That is the thinking of every religion devised by mankind. The problem is that no one can be sure he or she has done enough. There can be no inner peace. Yet the default is “salvation by works” even within the church, when the Bible, the Word of God, is neglected. Five hundred years ago Martin Luther sought this peace with God in works, but failed.
Things changed for him when he read in the Bible, “The righteous out of faith shall live” and the object of that faith is Jesus Christ. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God being declared righteous, as a gift, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ, whom God set forth as a sacrifice to satisfy His justice” (Romans 1:27; 3:23-28). In that Luther found peace, and you can too. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.15