A Gift, Not To Be Earned

A pastor asked his congregation once, if Jesus was to come tomorrow, what would they change? Everyone started saying things they would change, like pray more, read their bibles, witness more, forgive people that hurt them and so on. Then they asked the pastor what he would change, he simply said “Nothing”, “whether Jesus comes tomorrow or now, it doesn’t matter, what I know is when he does come, I am going with him”.

Many see salvation as something they have to earn by doing something or obeying some religious rules. So, they rely solely on what they have to do to get it. While being holy and keeping the commandments of God are good and should be done but do they qualify you for salvation? The answer is NO.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it” (NLT)

Salvation is simply a gift from God to you, provided by grace and received by faith in Christ Jesus. All you have to do is believe in Jesus and Salvation is yours forever. More so, many are used to thinking, when I slip up and sin, God takes away my salvation and I’d have to start over from the beginning to win it back. This is not true – Romans 11:29 (NLT) “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn”. When God gives, he gives generously, a translation says—without repentance that is; he doesn’t change his mind and take back your salvation because you sinned.

Salvation is simply a gift, to be received and not to be earned. It’s that SIMPLE.


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