Psst! Salvation Is a Gift

Psst! Salvation Is a Gift

I’ve been involved in several conversations about Salvation. Usually, these conversations are born out of a casual conversation with someone who verbalizes their frustration with life and the problems it presents. The last conversation I had went something like this;

Conversationist: I just want to start a new life somewhere.
Me: I know who can give you that new life.
Conversationist: I know, God!
Me: Yes. Through His Son Jesus. That’s why we’re celebrating HIs ressurection this weekend. Everything you’re going through. Every doubt, fear, pain, heartache, feelings of loneliness and betrayal you feel has been felt by Him and He took it to the cross. As the song goes, “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear. All because we don’t carry everything to God in prayer. Jesus knows just how to comfort you. If you just trust Him enough to surrender to His perfect will and live for Him. Jesus will never leave you or forsake you.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (The Message) says:
Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
Conversationist: I’m working on it.

It seems there are so many people who feel like they have to “get some things straightened out” before they come to Jesus to be saved and allow Him to lead them through their life. I know I did. But then one day I realized that I had been saying I need to stop drinking liquor, stop fornicating, and committing adultery for a long time. I realized I wasn’t anywhere near ready to let Jesus come in my life. I wasn’t! Not by my standards.

The Holy Bible says:

  • “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
  • By grace, you will be saved through faith. Not based on what you do because salvation is a gift. – Ephesians 2:8
  • God’s grace is what saves us through the redemptive work on the cross by Jesus Christ. – Romans 3:24

Have you ever worked or paid for a gift?

You can’t work off the sins you’ve committed. You don’t have to work for God to forgive you. Salvation is a gift. Have you ever worked or paid for a gift?

  •  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

All you have to do is:

  • Repent (feel regret for going against the will of God) and turn away from sin. Acts 3:18 reads: But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”
  • “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38

So you see. There is no work you can do to get yourself right before you are saved. That’s why Jesus voluntarily went to the cross. He is ready, waiting and willing to do what you’re trying to do. It’s yours and all you have to do is ask Jesus and receive the help.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (The Message) says:

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

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