Sunday, November 29, 2009

You Can't Save Yourself!

“Not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

Usually we encourage people to help themselves. Most of my life, I have been of the opinion that nobody could help you until you helped yourself. But, that's not entirely true. If you happen to be drowning, it's a huge mistake to try and “help” the lifeguard. When you’re flailing around in deep water you tire easily and sink faster; you also drag others down with you. That’s why a lifeguard will tell you to stop struggling and trust him.

That principle also applies to our salvation. God doesn't need our help to save us! God's Word says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved, and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” When Nicodemus came to talk to Jesus about salvation, he thought Jesus would tell him to abide by certain religious doctrines and exercises. Nicodemus failed to comprehend that we can’t earn God’s acceptance. He’s not impressed with our good works; in His eyes “...all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags...” Isaiah 64:6. A very humbling picture, wouldn't you say? God's grace is a free gift. Have you accepted it?

Father, I thank You for this beautiful day and for Your gift of grace. Thank You that I don't have to work my way to salvation...You accept me just as I am. All the work was done by Christ on the cross. I love You. Amen and amen.

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