The beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that I need not do anything for Jesus in order to earn, be worthy of, merit the eternal salvation He offers me. He alone has done the work of my salvation and it is finished. It is a free gift given to all people regardless of what we have done (and the truth is that we are all born sinful). Not one person merits the salvation that Christ Jesus offers to us. Not one.
As a saved believer, having accepted the sacrifice that Jesus made for me on the cross, I desire to please my Lord with all of my life. I work to know Him better. I follow His ways as best I know how because He loves me, and He blesses my efforts to change. He has given me His Holy Spirit to live inside of me to enable me to see truth spiritually so that I can repent of my sins, and choose forgiveness, and die to my own selfish desires, and walk with peace and joy and kindness. And even all of that is His power and work in my heart and mind for His glory.
Yet, I have a daily battle against what my flesh wants to do. Most days, the things that God has called me to do fill up my time. I must remember to take rest and keep a Sabbath day holy to Him. I have a responsibility to say no to many good tasks so that I can say yes to those things that Christ has prepared in advance for me to accomplish in His Name. (Ephesians 2:10) I only have this one life to give.
There is a holy balance of staying focused on what God has called me to accomplish and remaining aware of the people He brings into my path every day. Living a quiet, peaceful life that is accessible to others and offers great generosity and hospitality takes intentionality. God wants us as believers to live as a family – one body – aware of the needs of our brothers and sisters, always willing to sacrifice and give what is needed. We are to be iron sharpening iron being sent out into the world to reap a great harvest of souls.
And we are to live this life in the midst of a culture that is increasingly hostile toward God.
Sometimes I think that we forget who we are and whose we are. You see beloved, the light will always overcome the darkness. But we must shine. We must reflect the goodness of God to everyone around us. Choosing to live out the gospel of peace being always ready to speak truth as God gives us the opportunities. (Philippians 1:27-2:7) Searching for where the harvest is ripe. (Luke 10:2)
Making disciples happens right where you are. We are to be in the world but not of the world. Our minds and souls are to be of God having been spiritually reborn and renewed. We are His ambassadors (light and salt) to the world, most of whom are living in utter darkness.
God has placed people in your life that need the truth (the Word of God) that you have to offer them. Ask God for opportunities to love them well and to speak for Him. God’s Word is powerful. It does not need you to defend it. It only needs you to believe it, to obey it (live it), and to share it.
We have not been given cheap grace. You were bought at a price. (1 Corin. 6:19-20; 7:22-23) You are a bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ. You have died and your life is hidden in Christ Jesus. It is He who lives in you. Does your life show proof of salvation? Are you bearing fruit for God’s kingdom? Are you living for Jesus or are you living for you and all that you want out of life? Do you think you can have both?
The only way to have both is to have your desires completely line up with God’s desires for your life.
God has chosen you, equipped you, and changed you in order to use you to help build His kingdom. Are you willing? Be encouraged. You have enough. God is with you and for you. Press on.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (ESV)