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Accepting Salvation by Embracing Grace
August 25, 2011 Christianity

 

The amazing message of Christianity is that God has prepared a way in Jesus for all the people to be made right with him. There’s nothing we can do to earn salvation or anything we can do to put us out of reach of God’s grace. But we are to accept the gift of grace in order to be saved. Faith receives and embraces grace. Unbelief sends the gift right back to the Giver. Our choice. Our decision. Our destiny.

It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—”Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” (Romans 10: 9-11, MSG)

No one is denied salvation because they are bad or evil. Salvation is free and open for all. We are all saved only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is not by works. Not by being good. Only by grace through faith in Jesus. We can choose to receive salvation by embracing grace. Or we can choose to NOT to receive the gift of grace offered to all of us. Our choice. Our decision. Our destiny.

It’s all very simple. It doesn’t require us to understand complex theological thought patterns. We just need to cry out to Jesus as our master and trust God to save us just like he raised Jesus from the dead. But just because it is very simple it does not automatically make it easy. It can be the hardest decision ever. But when we do embrace grace wholeheartedly, it will change everything. And like scripture says “No one who trusts God like this – heart and soul – will ever regret it”!

 

Gracious God,
We want to receive your gift of salvation!
Come and be our Master!
Come and change everything!
Raise us from the dead!
Create in us a new spirit!
Let our lives brim with the joy of salvation!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What makes accepting the gift of salvation complicated?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you continue to embrace grace day by day!

Photo courtesy of Samuel Kaylor

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