Accepting God's Free Gift of Salvation
There’s a feeling among Christians today, I think especially among American Christians, where they think they need to have some kind of input into their eternal destiny. Part of this comes from the idea of the ‘American Dream’, which teaches that our own fate is up to us and if we want to make something of ourselves, we need to just work harder to make it happen.
But salvation can’t be earned by just working harder. In fact, it can’t be earned at all because it’s a gift!
Just imagine if you gave me a gift for Christmas and I pulled out my wallet and asked, “How much do I owe you?” Not only would it insult you, but it would diminish the value of the gift itself.
The grace of God is a gift that can’t be paid for by you. God doesn’t want you to pull out your wallet of good works and try to pay him for saving you (as if you had enough). But he does want you to do good works out of a heart of thankfulness for the grace he’s shown you. There’s a big difference.
In Christ, every provision has already been made for you and our king has spared no expense. Your and my salvation has been accomplished at the cross, paid for in full by our Savior Jesus Christ. Salvation is not some goal to be achieved. It’s a gift to be received.
Good works can never achieve salvation because it is a free gift from God.
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