Not by works
John 6:28-29 (NLT)
They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (NLT)
The disciples just did not get it! They thought that in order to please God they had to do all sorts of rituals, fasts and prayers.
They came from a place of having to follow very strict procedures and laws. But Jesus is saying here, ‘You are already loved by me without ever doing another thing. You are accepted as part of My family through Jesus. It is almost too good to be true so we have trouble receiving it.
This was a turning point in history where Jesus paved the way for the release from a ‘works’ mentality. The law became obsolete.
Whether we attend church every week, pray ten times a day, read the bible constantly or not, although these things are good and necessary, and bring us closer to God, our position with the Father is not changed.
He has accepted us because of the simple fact that we believe in Jesus. That is the only thing God requires of us to be saved.
So you can come before Him with boldness, with your head held high knowing that you are accepted as long as you believe in Jesus.
If you continue to abide in Him you can be confident that He calls you His very own prized possession.