Small shifts that can make a big difference – How you see salvation

Every religion has a path to salvation, where people will find peace, life, joy, and many other things, not only in this life but in the life after this one. The interesting part is that all of them offer different ways to get there. The problem is that most people do not even know that they need to be saved. Saved from what or who? We the Christians believe that God being a holy and a righteous God demands from us obedience to His law and commandments. We have a big problem with that because of our broken and sinful nature which renders us unable to obey His laws and commandments, at least not all of them. Because of that we are all under condemnation. It is from condemnation that we need to be saved.

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People offer many ways for us to be saved. Let me share the main ones with you:

The first option is that everything depends on us. This one is very common. Many people believe that they have to produce their own salvation. People try to be as good as they can be and think that this is enough. Most of them try to find a religion that they can follow. Lately people are including their feelings in the equation. They feel good about themselves. They feel that because they are doing some good deeds, they deserve to be saved.

The second option is to depend on ourselves and on God equally. Some people believe that God will do some part, but we have to do the rest. I have heard preachers say that we should give five steps toward God and He would do 95 steps toward us. I also heard those numbers changing, but the idea is the same: God does His part and we do our part, no matter the percentage. I believe that the great majority of members in our churches are in this group. They really believe that they can contribute to their salvation through giving, attending services, helping people, etc.

The third option is everything depends on God. We believe that our salvation is 100% the work of God. He planned. He sent His Son. The Son lived a perfect life and died for our sins. He resurrected on the third day. He ascended into Heaven and sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit applied the works of the Son in our hearts, enabling us to believe and saving us. God did everything. This is what the apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9.”

You can disagree with me about how the salvation is achieved, but at the end God is the one who does everything. We cannot bring anything to the table, not even a small percentage of our works. We need God’s mercy and grace for our salvation. When we start seeing salvation this way, a lot of things will change in our lives.

Be grateful. God decided to love you, and He did everything that He could as well as everything that you would never be able to do. He is really a gracious God.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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