Simply trust. This is one of the most difficult concepts to communicate to non-Christians. They have a hard time understanding that they can’t do anything to earn God’s favor. Jesus paid the penalty for all their sins when He died on the cross. To receive God’s forgiveness, eternal life, and a right relationship with Him, all we need to do is cast ourselves on His mercy and trust Him to save us. The apostle Paul put it this way: “To Him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
Someone has written, “For 30 years I had assumed that to swim I must constantly struggle to keep from sinking. One day an expert swimmer watched me for a few minutes and then shouted, ‘Stop fighting the water and trust it to hold you up.’ He was right. Under his direction, I lay flat in the water without moving hands or feet and, to my delight, it held me up. Why didn’t someone tell me that years ago!”
The writer then concluded, “So many people constantly struggle to become Christians. If they would only trust Christ, they would realize that He does the saving.”
Have you been attempting to save yourself? If so, the stop trying and start trusting! – Richard W. De Haan
We cannot earn new life in heaven
By word or work or worth;
When we trust Christ who died for us,
We will receive new birth. – J. D. Branon
Salvation is not a matter of trying but trusting.
- June 9, 1993, Our Daily Bread