This week I shared at our Board meeting the reminder God had given me: that He is concerned not primarily with structures and principles, but with
I read these lovely verses from Ephesians:
"Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding" (Ephesians 1: 4-8).
When we try to understand the principles of salvation, we struggle to balance two apparent opposite truths: that we can contribute nothing to our
salvation, but that we are entirely responsible to receive it.
From within salvation however, it seems much easier: we can readily agree with Paul that we are each individually and personally called, chosen, adopted and loved.
That’s the message we want to share with the world – and not only in words.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.
This is wonderful Good News that we shouldn’t be able to keep to ourselves!
Let’s decide again to live it out for all to see and appreciate, like good fruit growing in our lives for the Owner’s pleasure and for the neighbors to enjoy!