By Angel Simmons ©
It disturbs me to hear people talking about salvation as if it’s something we have to work for, be good enough to receive or hold on to. That theory implies that it can be lost the moment we mess up. And if we believe this, what we are in fact saying is that Jesus isn’t enough. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we were MADE the righteousness of Christ, adopted into God’s family as Kingdom citizens. That salvation was never conditional upon us “being holy” or “acting right”. In fact, and sorry to alarm the religious folks, the Holy Spirit does not leave us nor does our sin steal away our salvation. Romans 8:35-39 tells us there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that can separate us from the love of Christ.
So tell me, when did we decide that Jesus wasn’t enough? Instead of drawing people to Jesus and salvation with the truth of His Love, we scare and push them further away by magnifying their faults. We remain sin conscious, showing people a God that punishes wrongdoers. But we neglect to share the God of grace, the one who forgives and shows us mercy, the God who sent His only son to die just to save us WHILE we were IN our sinfulness. We didn’t work for that privilege, God gave it to us freely.
The word clearly states in 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” (New Living). How then have we created this life where how we pray (make sure you’re on your knees or it doesn’t count), who we consider our friends (“saints” don’t hang with “aints”) and if we go to church every Sunday (because only heathens miss a service) determine how holy we are? We have been deceived into believing that WE have anything to do with the work Christ has already done.
Jesus is enough… His grace saved us and freed us. And no matter how many times (and there will be too many times for us to remember to even ask forgiveness for) we get it wrong, He only had to die ONCE and for all. No amount of “work” we do can ever outdo or undo what Jesus did on the cross.
February 22, 2013