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Amy is co-host and blogger for both Stand Up for the Truth and Naomi's Table, two ministries that give her the opportunity to write and talk about Jesus all day long. She has written, produced and broadcast in the realm of television and radio news, magazine business journals and marketing materials. She continues her freelance work as a writer and social media consultant.

What's our end of the deal?

freephotoIt is human nature to take for granted the things we cherish. Whether it is that new car, a brand new big screen television, or our latest technology gadget, the excitement of that new possession grows faint as we become familiar with it.

Sadly it is even the same in our personal relationships. The joy of marrying that wonderful spouse begins to fade as daily circumstances and familiarity begin to settle in. Those quirky things your spouse does that used to be cute, now turn into irritations. And the day our children are born is a day of joy and celebration—but we tend to forget that joy as the challenges of the teenage years settle in.

The day we were born we came into this world as self-centered, selfish sinners. The Bible tells us every desire of the human heart is wicked and perverse. We are sinners through and through, deserving of eternal punishment and nothing but misery, separated from the God who breathed life into us.

That is simply the natural state of fallen, sinful man. Deep down we are only really concerned with our own happiness and we will use people and things around us to get what we want. But God loved the world so much that he sent His only begotten Son—Jesus Christ, God in the flesh—to offer us a way out of damnation and into eternal joy in His presence.

God who created all things, looked down on sinful and hopelessly lost man with mercy, sending Jesus, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath for sin, that we who believe and trust in Him as Lord and Savior might be free from the power of sin and have eternal life with Him. As born again believers we then receive the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, encourage and rebuke us, teaching us to deny sin and seek holiness.

But there is a problem brewing in this perfect formula—we are not holding up our side of the arrangement. The Bible clearly states that salvation is a free gift from God and there is nothing we can do to earn that gift. However, in our perverse sinful nature, we have managed to twist that to our advantage as we seek to continue to love things of this world.

“Nothing I can do to earn salvation”—a correct statement—has been twisted to “Nothing I have to do because I am saved”—an attitude we seem to live by every day. But the Bible clearly states there are things a true born again believer must be doing to prove the faith we claim to have that saves us. We are to love God above every other person or thing; we are to obey all Jesus commanded us; we are to pursue holy living; and we are to bear bountiful fruits of the Holy Spirit through our love and deeds. But that is just often too much to ask of us, isn’t it?

The truth is a growing number of Christians looks at salvation as the end of the race, when in reality it is just the beginning. We think we’ve arrived because we’ve been saved, and that we can just go on living as we prefer, instead of living how God commands us.

Look, none of us will walk in perfect obedience to God until we are with Him in heaven free from the presence of temptation and sin. But are we even trying to deny sin in this lifetime? Is our love of God a consuming fire that drives us to pursue holiness? Or has it become nothing more than lip service?

Salvation is a free gift from God, available to anyone who honestly professes that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is Lord and Savior of their lives. But with this proclamation comes a responsibility to live a life holy and pleasing to God and to bear fruits of the Holy Spirit. If we are not living a life holy and pleasing to God, might our wicked human hearts be pulling the wool over our eyes, making us think we have something we really don’t have? Might our profession of Jesus as Lord be nothing more than idle lip service?

“Search me, o God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way of the everlasting.”

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2 Responses to “What's our end of the deal?”

  1. Cherie c. #

    I am going to save this post to my saved pages on my tablet so I can read it often. Thank you for preaching Law and Grace. The church does not hear it enough. Thank you because this post has convicted me and caused me to ask for forgiveness.

    Sincerely, thank you. So few are brave enough to stand for the Truth of the Word of God. Keep the Gospel ever in front of our faces.

    Glory to God.

    your sister in Christ Jesus,
    Cherie c.

    October 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM Reply
  2. Mr Davis #

    I like what you said here it does get to the heart of the matter. But here is a thought, if our desire isn't really to glorify God in our bodies, which, He has given to us to be as a steward over it, then no amount of taking responsibility for your end of the deal can increase your desire to live in a way pleaseing to Him.

    Your life will become a set of rules and regulations you will seek to impose on yourself and even others and you yourself will be crushed by it. This is what Romans 2 is getting at. Rather we need the Lord's mercy. We need to be born again. God Himself will change us, He will change our hearts, He will write His laws upon it and He will put His Spirit in us and cause us to walk in His ways. He does this for His own Namesake and His Own Glory. He will not share this Glory with another.

    Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb. For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. Isaiah 48:8-11

    Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. But now, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see , we beseech thee, we are all thy people. Isaiah 64:5-9

    The evidence of His work in a person is that person getting a new desire which causes repentance (turning from self will and turning to God's will ) and obedience (and doing it). If we don't see ourselves in a constant desperate need of the mercy and grace of God are we really His? Do we really think we have it in us that is in our flesh in our own power to do good?

    2 Corinthians 13:5-7 KJV Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

    Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

    If deep down our concern is for ourselves and what we can accomplish or obtain we are not seeking after His Glory but our own, if this is our motive is the Holy Spirit in us? Is there any truth in us? Even the Holy Spirit Who is God doesn't promote Itself. The Holy Spirit Testifies of Christ Jesus and Glories in Christ Jesus.

    Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

    Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

    Lets be honest with ourselves and repent, before it is to late! Believe what God says about us, we stand as condemned men apart from His mercy. So call out to Him for mercy. Plead with Him to save you and aquit you of your sins and cover you with His rigtheousness and His authroity making you His child. Oh Plead with God! Cry out while you still have breath.

    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:11-12

    Here it gets even scarier: Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

    May God grant that we believe God and repent of our unbelief!

    October 22, 2013 at 6:47 AM Reply

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