What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.
As it is written:
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
Romans 9:30-33 (NIV)
So, how do we enter into the kingdom of God… by faith or by works? This Scripture points out it is by faith, not by works. It further indicates that works may become a stumbling block… preventing some from entering in. Father God, may our faith grow stronger with each day that passes. May our desire to “do good” not cause us to stumble on the journey we take to draw close to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.