Over the Christmas break I was shopping with my wife (okay, she was shopping) and it came to me. Religion is just like Nike. It constantly chides, “Just do it!” And keep doing it, and keep doing it, and keep doing it… until you get it right, or fall down dead. And you certainly will—fall down or die. 100%.
Christianity is the exact opposite. Jesus proved that genuine good works are the result, not the cause of a right relationship with God. So, you are either a child of God, or you are not.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).
Now this will only happen by faith in the Son of God—Jesus Christ—alone. You see, the Bible clearly says,
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I hereby propose an alternate tee-shirt slogan:
“Just BE it!”
(And for all those who are wearied by countless demands to perform, see Matthew 11:28-30.)