What God requires must test our every deed,
Intent, and thought that crosses mind and heart.
With searching deep inside perhaps we'll start
To see we miss the mark, we have great need.
But God, the sovereign Lord, has made a way,
Providing for the soul, now dead in sin,
Atonement so a new life might begin,
With His love shining brighter than the day.
Eternal life man strives for, but in vain,
And we are in no place to do a deal
With God, and so we come and humbly kneel
Before the Lord who, in our place, was slain.
This gift of God, for us, is freely given,
He bore the death of sin; we access heaven.
This poem was a finalist in the February 2018 poetry contest