“The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—”Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you.” Romans 10:8-10

My daughter recently got a “bee in her bonnet” about wanting a new handheld gaming system. Now, we are not a family who is blessed with a lot of what you might call “disposable income.” We also don’t make a habit of charging things on credit cards. Our needs are met, but purchases like she wanted to make usually take some advanced planning.

Even though we’d had a struggle with her performing chores in the past, she was suddenly motivated to work, even going out of her way to go “off chart” and do extra jobs that weren’t assigned to her.

Where she was reluctant to turn loose of her seldom-used toys before, she now searched her room for items to sell.

I admired her work ethic, but I worried about the strain she was putting on her ten-year-old earning abilities. Her goal was to raise almost $200 by the time she went on an overnight trip with her class – just about eight weeks!

She was so concerned with not meeting her target that we had some tearful discussions and a couple of near-meltdowns. I explained to her that she couldn’t possibly shoulder the entire responsibility for this purchase on her own shoulders at such a young age. I begged her to let her dad and me talk it over and come up with a plan.

There is no way she, at ten years old, can earn that kind of cash with our family’s current payment structure. And, there is no way we can ever earn the greatest gift of all – salvation.

Thankfully, God our Heavenly Father already came up with a plan so that we didn’t have to do it all on our own. We do our part – believe in Jesus and the work He did on the cross – and He does His part – washing away our sins.

Let’s make sure we’re holding up our end of the bargain, because we can be sure He will always hold up His.