Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
— Romans 4:4-5
I’m thankful that I don’t have to work to earn salvation. Not only that, I cannot work to earn salvation. It’s comforting to know that I can’t earn heaven and the glory of God. But, how do I know this? Well, the scripture passage above says: “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.”. To the one who works to gain salvation, his reward is reckoned according to his debt. That means that grace is not imputed to the debt of those who try to earn it. If we try to earn salvation, we do it on our own; no one else can help us, and God won’t throw grace in at the end and say “You’ve done a good job, here’s what you were missing, come on in.”. Grace is not for the workman, Grace is for the one who believes.
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Faith is counted for righteousness, but works are counted toward debt. The works people are trying to do to become righteous, they are counted toward their debt of sin: a debt that no amount of good deeds can repay. But, the key to obtaining righteousness is simple faith in Jesus Christ.
The Bible says: to him that believeth. Just believe. Working to earn a gift is like saying God was wrong for giving it to you. The gift of salvation is given to those with no merits to possibly earn it: all of mankind. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my reward reckoned according to my debt. I’d rather rest in Christ’s work on the cross, my salvation.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist