Earlier this week, I asked Am I Really Forgiven? I’ve realized the answer comes down to one thing – trust. Do I trust God to save me?
Putting Complete Confidence in God
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
Titus 3:3-5 NLT
I can totally relate to what Paul is saying here in his letter to Titus. I was once a slave to many lusts and pleasures. I suppose that’s why I still feel guilty at times. I feel guilty because I am guilty. I did those things. I was foolish and disobedient. Therefore, I feel like I should have to earn my redemption. I should have to work to regain right standing. After all, this is the human way. When people mess up, we make them pay for their mistakes to exonerate themselves.
But, when God revealed his kindness and love, He saved us. And not because of any good thing we had done, but because of His mercy.
Do I fully trust in His mercy and grace or do I still feel like I have to somehow earn God’s forgiveness?
My Way Versus God’s Way
Trusting God for my eternal salvation is a big deal. It is really the ultimate step of faith. I mean, is there anything else more important?
I guess that’s why I like to think I can earn it. I like to be in control. If I can somehow work for my salvation, then it is within my control. It is about my effort, my behavior, my choices.
If it is strictly based on God’s grace and loving kindness, then it is outside of my control.
This requires me to have some pretty extreme faith and trust in God.
Let’s face it, in today’s world, we don’t really like to trust anyone. We want to be self-sufficient. We like to do things for ourselves. We live by the motto, “If you want it done right, do it yourself.” The important things in life we handle on our own because we want to be certain they are done right.
But, that’s just NOT the way salvation works. God requires us to trust Him completely.
We have to fall backwards into His arms and let Him catch us.
I’ll admit this is tough for me. I’d almost prefer to earn it.
Trust God and You Will Inherit Eternal Life
He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit…Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. Titus 3:5-7 NLT
Fortunately, God’s ways are so much higher than mine. He knows I could never be good enough. He knows that every last one of us would fall short. Therefore, He washed away our sins.
On the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.” He did it all.
There isn’t anything else I can do to “win” eternal life. I just have to trust that “because of his grace” He will save me. Trust is the one thing required to be saved.