Sometimes the Bible has some harsh words to say about some groups of people, particularly when the topic is salvation. Rather than pick on someone that I really have no beef with, I think it’s a good idea to reflect on what today’s text means to me. When I’m done, you can figure out if it means the same to you, too.
Romans 11:1-10 focuses on Three Critical Issues At The Heart Of Salvation
I think it’s a good idea for you to read the text [click] first.
1. I’m saved by grace, not by what I do
I need to believe in Jesus. At no point can I become self righteous and tell myself that I deserve salvation. I need to be humble about my friendship with God, and continue to remember that it is only by grace that I’m saved.
2. Salvation is for everyone who will believe in Jesus
I need to remember that I’m equal to all other believers. We have no higher ground to stand on as though we’re raised by our level of spirituality or our amount of good deeds. We are all saved by grace, not by anything we’ve done.
3. I need to respond quickly to the truth so that I don’t set myself up for spiritual blindness
I need to have a healthy fear of God. If I start to coast, or if I stop listening to God’s correction, God will turn me loose to follow my sinful desires. If that happens, I will simply never know what I never know. Judgement will come to me if I don’t maintain my pursuit of faith and faithfulness.
Regarding the Three Critical Issues At The Heart Of Salvation …
Praying seems to be a good response. Here’s how I respond to the text:
“Jesus, please help me resist any kind of self-righteousness. Help me not get blinded by my own good works. And help me keep short accounts with You.”
What about you?
Are you tracking with those thoughts? If so, how humble are you about your friendship with Jesus? Do you truly see the Believers around you as equals? Do you have a healthy enough fear of judgment that you keep short accounts with God and clean up the behaviour that hurts your friendship with Jesus?
Or, did you see something different in the text?
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