April 10, 2023

Joel Hernandez
"If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I doing enough?” In a society that celebrates and encourages success, hustle, and busyness, it is easy to think God expects the same: that in order to be in right standing with Him, we must do x, y, and z. We sometimes feel like we need to check all the boxes, like being at church every Sunday, being at all the Community Groups, volunteering, etc. None of these things are bad, and in fact, are great things that we do as believers. However, it’s the motive behind our actions that reveals what our heart believes: we either do these things as a healthy obedience and overflow of God’s love in us or an obligated task list we are completing, a lot of times grudgingly because we feel we have to in order to earn God’s love and salvation.

Romans 10:9 tells us that the only thing we have to DO in order to be saved and made in right standing with God is to confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead. Read that again. There is no task list, no behaviors mentioned, and no Christian duties to be completed. We simply confess and believe.

Of course, as we are saved and pursuing Jesus, we are commanded to gather together, to be in community, amongst other things. However, these things don’t make us righteous. They don’t determine our salvation. It’s a response to the free gift of salvation that we can’t and don’t have to earn. I don’t know about you, but I am very grateful and honestly in awe that with everything that God has done for me, He simply asks for my heart, for the faith and belief that He is who He says He is.