I have to be honest, when I read the sign “Sylvania Welcomes You”; I had doubts about the scripture they posted directly underneath. It seems this little town known, as Sylvania, Alabama believes Ephesians Chapter 4, Verse 5 reflects the town sentiment. The scripture reads, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” My first thought was they must have summarized the true scripture, that is too simplified…wrong.
That is exactly the way the scripture reads when I researched it from a New American Standard Bible. Don’t you just love the way the Lord keeps things easy for us to understand? So often we try to complicate the simple message of salvation. We try to make it a journey of acts, works and goals. When in reality, it is a message of grace.
Acts, works and goals are good, but not if we are attempting to use them as a means to earn our way into the hands of grace…God’s gift of grace is free. We don’t have to complicate it. We just need to accept it for its true meaning. Thank you Sylvania, Alabama and thank you Acting Mayor Max Turner for the reminder.