Salvation is not difficult. It is giving to Jesus…all. We spend the rest of our lives learning to trust Him enough to let go of control.
19 The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death. Pr 11:19
OT was about works; NT is about relationship. They served God from a distance; we serve God up close and personal. Jesus has drawn us near.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Ep 2:13
My view of salvation can best be described in an analogy:
Jesus stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. We swing open the door and invite Him in. He smiles at us–but He doesn’t move across the threshold. Instead, He holds out His hand. He is waiting for us to give Him two things:
- The deed to our house. He wants full ownership and the right to make ANY change He wants WHEN He wants.
- The master key to every door. NOTHING is off-limits for Him.
He may not even get to every room in our house before we die; we don’t even get to determine which room He chooses to remodel first. The point of salvation is for Him to work WITH US to remodel us from the inside out.
Salvation is a one-time event when Jesus comes into our hearts and lives.
Salvation is also a process where we inventory our lives and then give Him complete control, carte blanche access, and total ownership. We don’t change anything to be saved; we simply transfer ownership. I believe many church members are stuck right here. They have spoken the words, been baptized, and live according to a set of community-based rules of acceptance, but Jesus is NOT in their hearts. He is still standing at the threshold with His hand out waiting…
The righteous person from our lead verse is one who Has Christ in him (Col. 1:27). The person who pursues evil is the one who insists on hanging onto control of certain aspects of his life (James 1:6-8).
Let’s take to heart Jesus’s own condition of salvation:
23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Lk 9:23