I have a friend who has worked hard for her salvation. Her commitment to her religion is admirable.
She strictly adheres to its teachings, rarely misses a meeting and has regimentally shared her beliefs with countless others.
If she works hard enough, my friend thinks that she may just get to spend eternity in bliss. She’s got a great track record of service and that most likely will make her a “shoo-in” right?
Strangely enough the words of the Bible would disagree. You see God has flipped things around for us when it comes to salvation.
We can’t earn it. It’s a free gift offered to all of us, and the only part we play in the process is simply receiving it.
I understand how people like my friend can fall into this trap. I mean most things in life work the opposite way don’t they? We’ve been taught since we were little that the rewards of hard work are great. And many of us drive ourselves into the ground simply trying to measure up.
So you see why the free gift of salvation can be a difficult thing for many of us to wrap our heads around. It’s almost like ...
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Who is God? God did not leave the work of your salvation unfinished. He did all he needed to do at the cross. The work is done -- now all you have to do is receive.
Be blessed today with a fresh understanding of who you are in Jesus Christ!
God, give this reader the courage to dig deep into Your living Word and discover Truth for themselves. Make this seeking heart brave so it can embrace You and experience Your presence.