Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl guided his team through a fine regular season and into the playoffs. He was rewarded for his accomplishment by being named the NBA’s coach of the year. The future seemed promising for Karl. However, after an early exit from the playoffs, Karl was fired yesterday, just a few weeks after being honored as the league’s best coach.
How quickly our fortunes can change! Paul and Barnabas were once the objects of worship one minute, only to be deemed worthy of death the next (Acts 14).
The world seems to be constantly asking, “What have you done for me lately?” Many people seem to buy into that philosophy, basing their worth on their accomplishments. They think that they can earn their way into heaven through their good deeds.
The trouble with that idea is that you never can know if you’ve done enough to measure up. What if your performance isn’t good enough? What if you left something undone? Those are the uneasy questions you are left with in a works-based approach to salvation.
Thankfully, God doesn’t base our salvation on our works! Jesus did the work for us when he died on the cross to pay for our sins. The grace that we have through our faith in him is all that we need to be saved!
“ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”—Ephesians 2:8