“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” -John 14:6
Jesus tells us that we cannot seek the Father without going through Him. He is our ladder, our bridge, our advocate. Some may try to get to the Father through other people on this Earth, whether it is through your parents, your pastor, your priest, or through the life of someone else. But Jesus says it is not possible. He said “through Me.” Not through someone else and then through Me. He is our only ticket to heaven.
Others try to get the Father’s acceptance by doing things. This is also the wrong approach. Our works can never get us connected to the Father. Our works are a direct result of our relationship with Jesus. If you do things because you think it will benefit your relationship with God or bless someone else’s relationship with God, you are wrong. It doesn’t matter how far you crawl up some stone stairs on your knees, it doesn’t cause God to love anyone any more than He already does.
When we stop and realize that our works are just “filthy rags” because of our motivations are not in line with “…do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8), it is only then can we acknowledge we need a Savior. If we think there is some other way then we are deceiving ourselves.
When we lay down our hearts, motivations, our lives at the foot of the cross where Jesus bore our sins and let Him into our lives to change us, it is only then that we start doing the works that He has laid out for us. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10.
We cannot walk in them if we are our own workmanship. He has to be the change within us. When He gets in, He shows throughout. I won’t be keeping the commandments because of some effort of mine. I will be keeping them because of my relationship with Him will shine through in my life. “If you love Me, you WILL keep My commandments.” -John 14:15 (NASB).
We have to love God first and that is more than just words. We have to be open to let Him in and rule the roost. When He is in charge, He is large.