S: Stunned and bewildered, his disciples asked, “Then who in the world can be saved?” Looking straight into their eyes, Jesus replied, “Humanly speaking, no one, because no one can save himself. But what seems impossible to you is never impossible to God!” Matthew 25-26 (TPT)
O: No one can save himself. Not the religious and not the rich. Neither the elite, nor the celebrities. No one. Only God can do the impossible.
A: The world says that with the right job and enough money, with enough fame and enough followers I can have it all! When I reach the status of “enough” I will have it all. Then, I will really be living.
This is the lie – it’s always been the lie. The lie that drives us to keep trying, keep working, harder, faster…more, more, more. The lie that we can do it on our own…
Until we die trying.
Because it’s never enough.
This is the radical concept You wanted Your disciples to understand; radical then and radical now.
Surrender = freedom
Only when I fully surrender to God – when I accept and follow His way of doing things – am I free.
Only when I put my faith in the resurrected Christ will I be saved.
Only when I lay my life down and embrace His will I be made whole.
Only then will I be alive.
This is the only way. Through Jesus.
But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy. Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace! He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! Throughout the coming ages we will be the visible display of the infinite, limitless riches of his grace and kindness, which was showered upon us in Jesus Christ. For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! Ephesians 2:4-8 (TPT) (Emphasis mine).
P: God, let those who have eyes to see, see. Let those who have ears to hear, hear! Only with You is life – real life – possible! Thank You for Your incredible grace. What an incredible gift, Jesus. May my life, today, reflect my gratitude for Your redeeming and saving grace. May I not waste this precious gift You gave – Your life for mine.
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