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So, here's our quote:
"What we do as followers of Christ flows out of who we are in Christ." Scott Savage, Minister to Young Adults, North Phoenix Baptist Church
My salvation isn't based on works. I can't do enough good deeds to earn myself a place in heaven.
I see many people who are trying to do many good things. They become so busy volunteering and never say no.
But consider this. God sees everything we do. He also looks into our hearts and knows the motive behind all we do.
Are you doing things for recognition? Are you doing things because it's expected of you? Or are you doing things out of love?
Ephesians 2:10 goes on to say that we were created to do good works.
I don't know about you but when I really think about and consider what Jesus did for me on the Cross ... I'm overwhelmed.
Jesus was humiliated and treated so unfairly. He could have called on a legion of angels to rescue Him and take Him down from the Cross. But He didn't. Because He loved you and me, He endured the humiliation and torture on the Cross.
Jesus died so my sins could be forgiven and I could have peace with God. But I had to receive that salvation as a gift. I didn't earn it. I didn't deserve it. I received it with gratitude. How amazing is that?
- I yield to His leadership.
- I am no longer my own boss.
- I read my Bible daily.
- I pray.
- I listen for His soft voice (not audible).
- I respond in obedience.
How can I not desire to serve Him in any way He asks of me?
But how do I know the works He has planned for me to do?
I believe the secret is found in John 15:5:
The real secret is ...abiding.
When I abide in Him, I will bear fruit. I don't have to struggle to bear fruit. It's a byproduct of remaining in the Vine.
An orange tree doesn't produce figs. It yields oranges if it's watered properly.
As I stay connected to Him, He will prompt me.
I have a choice. Will I respond in obedience?
I remember who I am in Christ? Here are just a few:
- I am God's child.
- I am a light to the world.
- I am free from condemnation.
- I am a temple of the Holy Spirit.
For a more complete list, you can access Dr. Neil Anderson's PDF here.
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Blessings and love,