Sometimes Christians get STUCK on the issue of SALVATION. Really. Getting saved in the Bible seems pretty straightforward. Living out one’s salvation (“continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling“, Phil. 2:12) is another matter.
In this series of messages for Crossroads Fellowship Church I am focusing on ten areas which bog down the believer. Let’s look at our text on salvation one more time:
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. (Titus 3)
As a result of His saving work in our lives, we have become HEIRS and ought to DEVOTE OURSELVES to doing what is good (v. 8). So often the Christian’s life is a bunch of words! In the Broadway play “My Fair Lady,” the main character sings the following: “Words, words, words! I’m so sick of words. I get words all day through . First from him, now from you ! Is that all you blighters can do?” Then she sings, “Sing me no song, read me no rhyme , Don’t waste my time, show me! Don’t talk of June, don’t talk of fall , Don’t talk at all! Show me!” [There is one more stanza which reads: “Haven’t your arms, hungered for mine? Please don’t ‘explain,’ show me, show me! Don’t wait until wrinkles and lines, Pop our all over my brow, show me now!”]! We must SHOW our salvation by the DEEDS that we do!