Victory Vitamin Blog – Romans 3:19-20

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law;”

- Romans 3:19-20

If you were to die today, and stand before God, and He were to ask you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?”  what would you say? Sadly, a great number people would respond to God by saying, ”Well, I always tried to be a good person.”  So, trying is good enough?  Imagine trying that on a teacher.  “Teacher, I tried my best to get an “A” so you should give it to me.”  God’s standard is perfection!  (Matthew 5:48)  We can’t meet that standard because we’re sinners, and “trying” just won’t cut it.  The Good News is that Jesus has stepped in and lived the perfect life for us.  He then offered that life on the cross to pay for your sins, my sins, and the sins of all people.  By believing that Truth, by trusting in Jesus, that forgiveness is ours.  We can’t be self-righteous, but we are Christ-righteous through faith in Him.  No more worrying about whether you’ve done enough, been good enough, or tried hard enough.  Jesus has done it all, and it is credited to you through faith.  This Sunday at Victory we’ll remember and celebrate this truth which was the motivating force behind Martin Luther during the Reformation.  Remember, Christ has done enough.  Trust in Him and be Christ-righteous!

Victory Vitamin Blog – Colossians 3:23-24

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, it is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

- Colossians 3:23-24

Routine.  It’s what makes life both mundane, and bearable.  I enjoy my daily, weekly, and annual routine.  Although it is repetitious, It’s predictable.  Predictability brings comfort.  But in the midst of our mundane, predictable, routine, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that God is using us to accomplish His purposes.  This week’s scripture reminds us that we thank and serve God through our daily actions.  Consider your daily responsibilities at work, at home, in your neighborhood.  You are part of the body of Christ, and you play a part in a system ordained by God to serve the people around you.  It’s not so much the tasks themselves, but the faith in which they are performed.  Luther once wrote about dads changing diapers.  He said that because that child is a child of God, it is an act of service to both child, and God to change that diaper.  Look at your daily tasks in a similar light.  Live your routine with all your heart as working for the Lord.  By serving others, you serve Christ.