Wallet for my Wages.
Working for wages. We get paid for what we do.
Some of us are familiar with the verse about the wages of sin.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 – NIV
Our sin earns us…? Death.
What can we earn with our good works?
It may not be what you are thinking.
I know I thought good works bought me favor with God. Here is what Paul said about that in his letter to the Philippian followers of Jesus.
“Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith. Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
Philippians 3:1-11 – NLT
The wages of sin is death, that makes sense, rebellion results in rejection, but Paul says that good works, good deeds are just garbage, in comparison to knowing Christ Jesus.
If we are counting on earning points with God with our righteousness, it isn’t going to work. Our good works are rubbish – “filthy rags”. Jesus death on the cross and appropriating his value, is the only way to find favor with God.
Believers in Jesus are looking forward to this: “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”
Philippians 3:20-21 – NLT
There is infinite value in knowing Jesus. in Gods economy, nothing else has any value.
What’s in your “wallet”?