6 In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” 7 The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God. 8 What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith. Galatians 3:6-9
The main argument of the Judaizers was that Gentiles had to become Jews in order to become Christians. Paul exposed the flaw in this argument by showing that real children of Abraham are those who have faith, not those who keep the law. Abraham himself was saved by his faith (Genesis 15:6). All believers in every age and from every nation share Abraham’s blessing. This is a comforting promise to us, a great heritage for us, and a solid foundation for living. (Life Applications Study Bible)
To become a Christian you don’t have to be from a select group or decency. What amazes me is the type of people God uses to do his work. Consider Paul, that wrote half the New Testament, was known as a murderer. Who did Jesus address mostly in Bible, certainly not kings and queens? Rather the mere ordinary people, the poor and the sick. Think of the 12 chosen disciples. Emphasis on chosen. There was not a nobleman among them. The point is God is not picky, His kingdom is open to everyone. God loves all people even the murderer, so no matter what you did, you are welcome in the Kingdom of God. Don’t let man and his worldly convictions stand between you and God. Everybody is welcome.
6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. Genesis 15:6
Although Abram had been demonstrating his faith through his actions, it was his belief in the Lord, not his actions, that made Abram right with God (Romans 4:1-5). We, too, can have a right relationship with God by trusting him. Our outward actions—church attendance, prayer, good deeds—will not by themselves make us right with God. A right relationship is based on faith—the heartfelt inner confidence that God is who he says he is and does what he says he will do. Right actions will follow naturally as by-products. (Life Applications Study Bible)
How often do we get confused with this? We think our works will get us in right standing. The Bible is very clear it’s Faith. Think of the story of Mary and Martha a couple of days ago. Jesus was happier with Mary that was spending time in His presence, building her Faith. Rather than Martha that was doing works.
3 For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” 4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. Romans 4:3-5
“Lord, I thank you for your Word, may it touch others as it touches me. Amen.”