I knew someone that was simply “wild” about math. This person kept trying to tell me that math is everything, that you can see it everywhere, that everything is made up of math. In my mind, that’s a big stretch, I don’t see math in everything, and I just don’t reason that way. I’m not much of a math person, never really have been, probably never really will be. To get my degree in Business Administration, I had to take lots and lots and lots of math classes – algebra, trigonometry, statistics, calculus and a few other math classes thrown in. All this for a person who has a difficult time memorizing things – so much so, that as a child I was not able to learn my multiplication tables. Thankfully that’s what we have calculators and spreadsheets for. I never did understand geometry much, and I’m not too good at being able to tell you if a picture on a wall is slightly crooked, let alone totally comprehend where to hit a pool ball to actually make it go into the pocket. So, I think it’s safe to say that all though math and I are acquaintances, we’ll never be best friends.
There is however one math formula that is significant, and I think that it’s the most important formula that I’ve ever learned: Faith + Nothing = Salvation (Dr. J. Vernon McGee). That’s it, that’s all. Nothing else but faith is required, it’s so simple that it’s unbelievable to so very many people.
Maybe that’s because we spend our lives working to earn and accomplish things. We believe that it is impossible to get something for nothing, and that there must be some cost associated with it – it’s the mentality of: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Or here’s another popular thought: “Every big prize demands a hefty price.” (Edmond Mbiaka), you know, in other words, you’ve got to pay your dues.
I am not however pointing out that these sayings are falsehoods, because I want you to be assured that both of those sayings are true. It’s just in the case of salvation these sayings apply in a different manner. You don’t have to pay anything for your salvation in Christ, not with money or works. That’s because Christ paid the price for your admittance with his sacrificial life. It’s a totally extravagant, free gift, from God to us, with absolutely no strings attached. I may not like math, but I do like gifts. And, many years ago I grasped the significance of this luxurious gift and gratefully accepted the gift of God’s son, Jesus, into my life.
Faith + Nothing = Salvation. That’s a math formula that even I can remember.
Lord, I thank you for your free gift of salvation through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of your Son, Jesus. I realize that there is nothing that I can ever do to bring myself into a right relationship with you. And, that’s why I am ever so thankful that you sent Jesus to bear my sins, and all the sins of others, on the cross to restore us into a right relationship with You – pure and holy God.
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9, ESV)
“for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” (Galatians 3:26, ESV)