Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sunny side up with a side of Romans 9

My friend Ruth sent me this email this morning. Which shows how one of my Scariest Mommy Moments turned into a Teachablest Moment.

"All the kids have been very inquisitive lately about the nature of salvation and how God saves us.  I've been trying to explain that it's all God, nothing on our part.  That God does everything because we can do nothing.  That because Christ has done everything, we don't have to do anything.  

"This morning God gave me a great illustration to use that involved an incident with Ike.  I had a conversation over breakfast with Reece that went like this:

"Me: Remember when Ike was here and fell into the pool on accident?
Reece: Oh yeah!  Hahahahaha.  Mrs. Dollahon totally freaked out and dived in to save him.
Me: Did she wait for Ike to cry out "Come help me!  Save me! I can't swim"?
Reece: No she just jumped in with her clothes on.
Me: Did she say to Ike: Swim to the edge and I'll pull you out?
Reece: No she threw off her glasses and dived in.  She dived head first!  She could've cracked her head on the bottom of the pool. 
Me: So she didn't say "Hey Ike, grab onto this pole and I'll pull you to safety?"
Reece: Noooooo! She didn't say anything.  She just jumped in.
Me: That's right.  She jumped in to save Ike even before he realized he was drowning.  What did Jesus do for you?

Reece: He dived right in to save me before I even called for help."

A to the men.

It wasn't so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn't know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. 

It's a wonder God didn't lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

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. 

Ephesians 2:1-10 - The Message (of course)


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