EPHESIANS 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the git of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”

Maybe it comes up everywhere, but living in a beach community, we seem to hear people tossing around the idea of “karma” an awful lot.  My boys have come home a few times recently asking about karma–Does it fit with Christianity, and what is it all about?

Karma is an Eastern religious belief, that basically means what you do–good or bad–will come back to you.  Someone who believes in karma tries to DO GOOD in hopes that good will then come back to them.   (obviously this is a simplified explanation, but enough to make our point here.)

Karma might seem to make sense, and even remind us of Galations 6:7 that says “Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”  Certainly, putting our efforts into positive things is a worthy use of time, and obviously we can associate many earthly rewards with a job well done.  However, as Christians, our spiritual DESTINY is NOT based on our efforts at all.   And further–if we’re honest we know that most of the things we enjoy on this earth have nothing to do with our having “earned” them.

Instead, as believers in Christ we understand that we are all sinful, and stand guilty before a Holy God.  Even our best works would never be enough to satisfy God’s perfect standard.  Instead, Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross, which allows those of us who believe to stand HOLY before God.  By grace.  Through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9.)

This should be both a huge relief, and also a motivation for doing good works!  God is pleased with every effort we make to do good in life.  But those things will never save our souls.  We have good news to share with the world!  Next time you hear someone mention karma, you might just suggest something much, much better:  GRACE.

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Written by Monica, from www.thegrommom.com