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Daily Devotional

Max Lucado

Insufficient Funds

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Romans 4:5

“People cannot do any work that will make them right with God.”

Max's Message:

If Christ had not covered us with his grace, each of us would be overdrawn on [our heavenly bank] account. When it comes to goodness we would have insufficient funds. Inadequate holiness. God requires a certain balance of virtue in our account, and it's more than any of us has alone. Our holiness account shows insufficient funds, and only the holy will see the Lord; what can we do? We could try making a few deposits. Maybe if I wave at my neighbor or compliment my husband or go to church next week, I'll get caught up. But how do you know when you've made enough?... If you are trying to justify your own statement, forget ever having peace.... You are trying to justify an account you can't justify.... "It is God who justifies" (Rom. 8:33). 

From Grace for the Moment Volume I by Max Lucado. Used with permission from the publisher.