Our faith in Christ is not some great achievement on our part, but is the relenting of our own desire for autonomy, crucifying our selfish will with Christ, and humbly submitting to what was always ‘true’ and ‘good’ at the start.
Obedience to God’s Word has been ‘The Way’ we should live from the first moment of life. Disobedience to God’s Word is what has brought us pain, heartache, frustration, and despair. Obedience puts us in-line with the truth, removing resistance and freeing us to live the way we were designed to enjoy life.
Because God is Love, He gives you over to the desire of your heart to obey Him (an expression of your love for Him) or to pursue your selfish will (an expression of your self-love and a desire to be free from God). Choosing Christ and His way of Salvation frees us from the bondage of sin, enabling us to know wisdom, power, grace, and love all present in God. Disbelieving God and His Word, and rejecting the truth for a lie, enslaves us to the power of sin (corruption) and death (corruptions end result)… like what rust does to metal.
God desires you enjoy His presence for all eternity and has gone to great lengths to get you there… even “to not sparing His own Son, but delivering Him over for us all… how will He not also with Jesus freely give us all things?” (Rom 8:32-32) Choosing to disbelieve and by doing so, rejecting The Truth, puts the responsibility of all consequences of that choice squarely at your feet. Your sin, your addiction, your frustration, your despair, your eternal life in Hell is of your own doing and against God’s desire and Love.
Choosing to place your faith and trust in God’s redemptive plan, completed in Jesus His Son, is not some great feat on your part, but a relenting of your willfulness and an entering into the fantastically wonderful life that God intended for you all along.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Praying you Choose Christ
Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is a member of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
Daily Quote: “You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” – C.S. Lewis
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalm 100:4