Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift — a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen. Max’s message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been on staff since 1988. He preaches and writes to... Read More

Do. Be. Do. Be. Do. Do-be-do-be-do. Are you familiar with the old Frank Sinatra tune? Most people embrace a do-be theology. The assumption that God saves people who do the right thing or who behave in the right way. So, do good! Be moral. Be honest. Be decent. Keep your promises. Pay taxes. Earn merit badges.

Yet for all the talk about being good, still no one can answer the fundamental question: What level of good is good enough? At stake is our eternal destination, yet we’re more confident about lasagna recipes than requirements for heaven. Bizarre!

God has a better idea. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). We contribute nothing. Zilch. Our merits…merit nothing. God’s work merits everything!