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Trying the hard way


There’s a game we play at youth group that’s a lot of fun.  What you do is sit in a chair with your head back, you then place an Oreo cookie on your forehead. A timer starts and the objective is to move the Oreo from your forehead and into your mouth. The catch – you can only use your face muscles and gravity to move the cookie.

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Obviously the most efficient technique would be to use your hand to grab the cookie and place it in your mouth, but what makes the game fun, and a challenge, is that you are forced to try to accomplish the task in the hardest way possible.

Though fun in a game… it is not a smart way to live your life. A lot of times when it comes to the good news of the Gospel we make it much harder for ourselves than it needs to be.

Romans 10:9 says “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Declaring Jesus is Lord includes a few things.

  1. Recognising that Jesus is God, He is the ruler and creator of all things
  2. Realising we are not worthy of His favour – that our rebellion in so many things has caused a rift that we cannot repair
  3. But God’s love for us is so great He sent Jesus (the King) to earth, and Jesus willingly paid the price for our rebellion
  4. We repent (turn away) from our rebellion, and turn to Jesus as our Lord (ruler/saviour)

Then believing that because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice, God raised Him from the dead, and has set Him in all authority over heaven and earth brings us into a faith in Jesus which does save us.

That’s the good news of the Gospel. Belief, Repentance and Faith.

So many of us tie our hands behind our backs though, and feel there must be more we have to do, more we have to give up, more we have to commit to… we search for a harder way so we feel more worthy. Today let me say that no matter how hard you work you’ll never be worthy, so just submit to the amazing grace that Jesus offers and feel the covering love of God that means your belief, your repentance, and your faith has saved you.

~Pastor Dean.