Sand in my Eye
We went out to eat lunch with some friends here in WA, after lunch I felt I needed to go home and have an afternoon nap.
My daughter Dottie went shopping with her husband and kids. Joe sat down to read a book and I laid down for a nap. When I woke up from my nap I felt a grain of sand in my eye. I went to the mirror and tried to get it out on my own. The more I rubbed the worse it felt. At this point I believed I had a rock in my eye. So I asked Joe to see if he could remove it. Joe could not help me either. He told me that Dottie would help when she returned. Water started flowing from my eye. My eye was red and irritated. I could hardly hold it open. I couldn't wait for Dottie to come back and help me remove the sand.
That's when God spoke to my heart loud and clear. He said, "The things that people try to add to their salvation are like irritants in my eyes. This is how my eyes feel when people add to their salvation. They add on religious requirements to salvation like wearing dark clothes and wearing head coverings. These things irritate my eyes like the sand irritated your eyes."
I came out of a religion that required wearing head coverings and dark cloths.
Of course it's not wrong to wear dark cloths or even a head covering if you're comfortable with these cloths. Even Johnny Cash was dressed in black until he went to be with the Lord. But if we wear these garments because we believe they somehow make us more qualified for heaven, we are deceived. There are other examples where Bible verses have been taken out of context and made into a requirement for salvation. By doing this people try to add their own works to the finished work of the cross.
I encourage you to remain true to the simple message of salvation in the Bible.
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9, 10 (NKJV)
Just as God finished speaking these words into my heart the sand left my eyes. The pain and irritation was no more.
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 (NKJV)