“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
-Romans 3:23
We all make mistakes, we all sin. God is a perfect, holy God, and the sin we commit separates us from God’s perfect presence.
If it weren’t for sin, we wouldn’t need saving because God would already be living with us like He was in the beginning. But we do sin, and we all fall short of “perfection.” 
We all struggle and have days that push us to our limit. In our sin we feel hopeless. We look for meaning and purpose and our sin has separated us from that purpose. BUT, that’s where grace comes in.
 “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
Grace means that salvation is free. What our sin took away, God’s grace restores. God’s grace came in the form of His Son. Who was perfect and sinless, but humbled himself to death on a cross – for us. He took our place.
God’s grace, through Jesus, means that there is a way for us, on the days we struggle, to find strength. On the days we feel hopeless, we can find hope, meaning, and purpose. AND, that is where faith comes in.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-John 3:16
Salvation comes through faith alone. No one can earn it, or do enough good to get what God gives away for free. But, that is why faith is so important.
Belief and trust in the God who gave us His Son, is what saves us. Faith in God is what restores us, gives us strength, and helps us find the meaning and purpose we search for.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  
-Romans 12:2
Obedience is the life someone lives after they come to faith in Jesus. Many believe they have to have their entire life in order to be saved. God wants us how we are, because he knows the transformation that takes place in our lives comes after we surrender our lives to Him.
Obedience comes over time. We all have a next step to follow Jesus closer. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a christian for 50 years, or 5, obedience isn’t about where  you’re at, it’s simply about taking your next step.
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