October 17th – Living to Die, or Dying to Live?
October 17, 2012
Filed under Daily Reflections
When you attend a funeral, you want to hear a message which gives you hope, not one which makes you want to crawl inside the casket with the corpse. Several months ago, my family went to a funeral. A local pastor gave the eulogy. This pastor gave a message which emphasized all the works which are part of Lordship Salvation.
My youngest granddaughter, Amanda, sat quietly and listened as the pastor preached, but I could see she was getting very upset at what he was saying. At the end of the service, she told me, “Papa, do you know why he didn’t use any verses?”
I asked her why. She said, “Because there aren’t any.” And she was right.
The verses which are said to prove Lordship Salvation actually prove why grace is so important in salvation and Christian service. Think about it: When would we know we have finally confessed and turned from all of our sins so we could be saved? How else can we take up our crosses daily and follow Christ (Luke 9:23)? Is there any way to forsake all to follow Christ apart from grace (Matthew 19:29)? You see, if these are the conditions for salvation, then we can never really know if we are saved until the day we die. This is not what the Bible teaches — it says we can know we have eternal life (1 John 5:13). Jesus Himself said whosoever believes in Him “hath” (possesses now) everlasting life (John 6:47). We can’t be saved without grace; we can’t serve Christ without it, either.
Aren’t you glad your salvation isn’t based upon your faithfulness to God? Because it is based on His faithfulness to you, you can trust Him to give you everything you need to live a life which pleases Him — at home, at work, at the store, and even while you’re sitting in traffic. You should be dying to forsake the things which weigh you down so you can get closer to your Savior. That’s what living is all about.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder