Input and Output

Life is a tough road sometimes. Through everyday problems, we are all faced with times of trials. We feel like we can’t work hard enough to get through our issues, but as soon as we see light at the end of the tunnel, here come even more problems to work on. Quite often, it’s that way in business as well as personal lives.

After eating of the tree, God said to Adam that because of his sins, Adam as well as humanity would have to work for their sustenance. Genesis 3:19 says, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” I don’t know about you, but when I read this statement it sounds pretty miserable.

Rest assured that constant work and pain is not what God our Father wants for us. God wants us to realize that all of our hard work and effort is a good thing, but none of that will get us to His Kingdom. It’s through faith in the Lord that we are saved, not by works. That being said, our faith will produce good works. What makes the works different is the motivation behind them.

Our faith in Christ is the deciding factor. Because of sin, we can’t put enough work into our lives to make them matter. But thanks to Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we are free from that sin. Our future is secure and our work will be fruitful. As the Apostle Peter said in Acts, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Our lives are no longer pointless heavy burdened.

To put work into computer terms, I/O means input and output. And when you change the I in the word sin to an O, you get The Son. We are not saved by our own input, but because of God’s output. Our work has been finished on the cross by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.