95 SalvationPosted: April 17, 2014
Another secret to finding humility is receiving the Savior’s free gift.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
We cannot save ourselves. We would like to think we could. We want to prove ourselves worthy of praise and approval. We seek to earn the praise and approval we so desperately desire. We strive to fill the deep emptiness in our souls with accomplishments. This simply does not work. We need to accept that Jesus has done for us what we are not able to do for ourselves. We need to accept His love, which fills the deep emptiness of our souls. We need to accept salvation as God’s free gift to us.
Salvation is God’s plan, but we resist it because we think we need to earn approval. (Romans 4:5) We need to let go of our old ways of thinking and instead accept God’s truth. We can hear God speaking to us through the Bible. The Bible says that we are sinners in need of salvation. We resist this message because we intend to prove ourselves worthy. We counter God’s truth with our own ideas, which are not actually true.
These ideas which we hold onto so dearly feel true. (Perhaps you have seen this in me by reading the e-letters.) We believed many of them for most of our lives. We learned them as small children. Our families and culture reinforce these ideas because our society in general believes them true. We live in a culture that rewards hard work. God’s Kingdom provides a very different paradigm—His pain, our gain. In God’s Kingdom, God does the work, and we reap the benefit. This may sound strange to some of you. The Bible clearly shows this as true. Some may question because what the world says seems truer than what God says. We need God to reveal truth to us in order for us to let go of the world’s ways of thinking.
We do have a role to play. (Philippians 2:12) We believe. We receive. We engage in disciplines. But God saves us, and He sanctifies us “according to His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). We cannot take credit for our salvation. In faith and humility we open ourselves to God, and He does the rest by saving us. We believe in God, not in ourselves. It’s like pedaling a bicycle verses walking it along. We rest in our salvation.
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2
Will we choose God’s way rather than our own?
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