Only Way to Go

Ephesians 2:8-10

        Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

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From the moment we say YES to God He begins our road map.  Wait, even BEFORE we say yes, He has a road map for our lives.  How does that make any sense?  I am still trying to wrap my brain around God, but this is one of those things that some times just does not make any sense.  If He planned our lives out as it says in Jeremiah 29:11 and before we even born at that, then does that mean He knows that some do not choose salvation or does it mean they miss out on their destiny if they don’t accept Jesus as their savior? Sigh!  The things that go on in this head of mine!

 

Let’s just think for one moment.  What happens when a person accepts Jesus?  Well, they are now heaven bound simply because they choose Jesus as their savior.  They also have this wonderful easy button now called grace.  Another bonus is that God will always be their provider, their protector in troubled times, their comforter in the sad times and so many more bonuses here on earth when they choose the one way of God.  Here is where things can get a bit tricky for some.

 

When we are saved by His grace, it is not a license to sin or still do whatever we were doing before we knew God.  Once we step onto that bridge of grace, we should begin to have a less of a desire for the things of this world and this very strong desire to serve God.  As He renews our mind, we begin not to want to drink so much or smoke cigarettes.  We begin to have this desire for solid, pure relationships.  Perhaps we finally begin to like who we are as a person.  No matter what happens to us we will always have the grace of God and He will quickly forgive our sins when we ask.

 

So all in all, there is only one way to salvation. There is only one way to travel and as many of us discovered, the path IS narrow!  Once we finally discover that we belong to God and it is by His grace alone we will get to see heaven, then we find peace…perfect peace. We begin to see that we can face ANY storm in our path.  We find that we could walk the bridges of our lives even with our eyes closed because we have faith in a loving Father Who will take our hand and guide our every step.  Now, isn’t that some peace to hold onto?

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2 thoughts on “Only Way to Go”

  1. This is how it reads in my Bible:

    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.

    Obviously, it’s the “same thing” as what you quoted at the top of your post. Different words used to express the same belief, the same understanding. Just the same, though, I was so impressed by how accessible your version is that I actually thought, when I first read it, that you were using your own words, and that you were explaining/emphasizing/elaborating upon upon your own understanding of grace, and faith, and “works”. I was thinking, “that’s a good way of explaining it.”

    But they weren’t your words. They were just a translation I hadn’t come across. Sigh.

    Just this morning I was thinking about the whole discipline of Bible studies. I know a lot of folks are really into it and I appreciate how careful and earnest they are; but what I was thinking is that it’s way more important to know Jesus than it is to know Greek and Hebrew and First Century history.

    You can read the Bible all you want, and you can study all the different interpretations, and become engaged in all those controversies about text proofing and the like. If you get a kick out of it, have a ball. Just the same, though, knowing the Bible isn’t the same as knowing Jesus, as knowing the gospel, as knowing the truth, and as entering into Eternal Life. Two different things.

    You may or may not be familiar with Paul’s letter to the Ephesians; I’ll stick my neck out and claim that it doesn’t really matter. I say, you can memorize it or you can forget it. You can read this translation or that one. You can take a course in seminary that focuses on that specific letter or you can decide to read the sports pages instead. It’s irrelevant. I’m serious about this. People think I’m just looking for a fight — but I’m sincere.

    Yeah, yeah, I know what St. Jerome said, “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of God.” Yeah, yeah there’s something to that; but I don’t buy the idea 100%. Jerome was a holy man, a man of God and he was the foremost Bible scholar of his time but he was also selling books. I don’t mean to disrespect him, I know he was a saint — but he was also a human being with the same human failings we all have. He had an “agenda” and — like the rest of us — he wanted his labors to receive the prominence he thought they deserved. Whatever. I take that particular utterance with a grain of salt.

    Hey. Don’t like it? You certainly don’t have to agree. It’s a good idea to take my “utterances” with a grain of salt as well.

    Just the same, though, maybe I’m on to something. I was very happy when I thought you were ‘using your own words’. I hope you’ll use your own words in the future. My prayer is that you know about God’s grace because you’re experiencing it — not because you’ve read about it. I want you to be able to go on and on about the importance of faith and the limitations of “works” because you’re talking about a conviction that actually informs the way you live your life — not because you’re running back to the book to validate your own words. That’s why I get turned off when somebody’s writing is full of citations. It makes me wonder whether they really understand what they’re talking about.

    You can’t earn your way into heaven and you certainly can’t boast about the grace God has showered on you. You can, however, boast about your vast understanding of scripture. That’s where temptation lies. Truly, I think it’s a real danger for a lot of Christians.

    Here’s something to chew on: St. Paul managed to get a pretty good grasp of the gospel and he never read the “gospels”. He couldn’t have. They weren’t even written during the time of his ministry.

    Put your faith in the LORD, not in the book.

    🙂

    Paul

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