By Lewis G. Hale
A dear preacher friend said
to me, "It really disturbed me when my saintly
grandmother was approaching death and said to me,
"Howard, I'm afraid that I haven't done enough to be
This made him wonder if in
our preaching we have left people with the idea that
they have to be "good enough" or to "do enough" in
order to be saved.
Just how much would be
enough? Match what the Apostle Paul did in a
lifetime? Pretty tough assignment. Heaven's
population might be as scarce as Noah's ark.
Do not mistake me. God
expects us to do good and to live righteous lives.
He does not give His children license to sin.
On the other hand, we could
never do enough to be saved. Jesus paid the full
price for our salvation. He expects us to have an
obedient faith to claim the gift He so freely
We should never rob people
of hope and peace of mind by laying an unnecessary
guilt trip on them. But, we should encourage them to
live faithful devoted lives and to bear the fruit of
the Spirit in their daily lives.
The down side of that is
this: there are many people who seem content to do
nothing. "to him that knoweth to do good and doeth
it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17). We call that
a sin of omission.
If I am deluded with the
notion that I have to be good enough or do enough to
be saved, I will never have peace of mind nor have
any sense of security. I would go to the grave in
What is the solution? For
me, it is to have deep and abiding faith in the
goodness and mercy of God and to believe He will
keep his promises. When I falter, repent and ask God
to forgive me and get up and start again.
- via The
Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the
Calvert City Church of Christ, Calvert City,
KY. Lance Cordle preaches for the
congregation. He may be contacted through the