What gets us into the game and off the bench? It is faith in Jesus the Master, our Messiah.
Faith sets us in right standing with God. Faith makes us whole. Faith allows us to get our act together. Nothing else can do that. No manner of “being good” and following the rules helps. It is faith alone.
By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. Romans 5:1-2