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Doing or Done?

“What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10:25).

What shall I do? No words can more plainly show the ignorance of a fallen sinner who does not understand his lost, fallen, helpless condition.

When man could do nothing, Jesus came to him where he was. What a journey of love! He came to do all for the sinner, and He has done it—it is finished! “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).

My reader, do you know Jesus? Are you resting on what Jesus has done on the cross? Have you been brought to know your utterly lost condition? Have you, by faith, seen Jesus taking your place on Calvary’s cross, and now giving you His place in spotless purity for ever?

If you seek to earn eternal life by doing, you are rejecting and despising Jesus Christ. But if you know and believe the love of God in sending Jesus to die for you and rise again, you have eternal life. It is the gift of God. Let your doing now be to show forth the praises of Him who saved you. “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

—Charles Stanley