Message of faith
A friend of mine went to a football match recently.
Near the end of the match he noticed that sitting in front of him was Aussie actor, Hugh Jackman.
From that point on, my friend became fascinated by Jackman’s close presence — which team he was barracking for; what did he eat for lunch.
So much so, my footy fan friend missed the allimportant match-winning goal.
It’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of what’s important.
In recent weeks, it has been easy to get sidetracked and forget what the Christian faith is all about. For starters, it’s not about morality. Yes, there is a distinct biblical morality but that is not first and foremost the message of the Bible.
The Bible’s message is not ‘‘get your morality together’’ or ‘‘make yourself good enough for God’’ and then we’ll talk salvation and acceptance into heaven.
No. The message is about faith. Faith alone in Jesus.
This year many will celebrate 500 years of Martin Luther starting a debate that changed the world.
A man who realised that no one can be made right with God by his or her own effort.
His eyes were opened afresh after reading Romans 1:17: “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed — a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Luther finally understood that it is only by faith in Jesus, and Jesus’ righteousness, that we can be accepted by God; not by our own good living.
Whatever else is preached and promoted in our churches and by Christians — and there are many worthwhile things — the main thing is faith in Jesus Christ.
That’s the gospel. The Bible says there is no other way to God.
Take the time this week to consider whether or not you have been distracted from the true message of the Bible.