By now you’re probably familiar with the college admissions scandal. Earlier in the week several people were charged with bribery in order to get their children into elite colleges like Yale University, and the University of Southern California and several others.
Such bribes included paying money to forge SAT and ACT scores and paying others to take them and paying coaches large sums of money in order to tell the college office that their kid was an athlete – when they weren’t.
It’s not really a surprise to me. I sort of figured this sort of thing happened all the time in Hollywood anyway.
In general, people think they can throw money at a problem and it’ll go away. People think that they can buy their way into things. Because as much as we want to admit, money factors into a lot of things. Having money is a necessity in life.
There is one thing that you can’t buy.
Ephesians 2:8-8 tells us For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.
No matter what we do.
No matter how we act.
No matter what we say.
No matter how many times we attend Sunday services.
No matter how many times we’ve volunteered and donated to charity.
We can’t earn our salvation.
We can’t buy our way into Heaven.
It is by the grace of God that we have been forgiven.
Salvation is a gift from God – freely given to us by the grace of God.
Why try to earn something when it’s already been given to you freely?
We think we have to earn God’s love because we are flawed and we fall short of the glory of God daily.
We mess up and think that we need to earn back God’s love.
Romans 8:38-39 tells us, For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD.
You don’t ever have to earn God’s love because it’s already been given to you freely. No matter how many times you’ve messed up, and no matter how many times you’re going to mess up again.
God’s love is unconditional and never changing.