Trying or Trusting (Titus 3:5)

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Mrs. Whyte had a visitor one day who talked to her about what it meant to be a Christian. In the course of their conversation, Mrs. Whyte made this comment, “Well, I’m certainly trying to be a Christian!” Her visitor, sensing that Mrs. Whyte had a wrong idea about salvation, asked, “Are you trying to be Mrs. Whyte?” “No,” she replied, “I am Mrs. Whyte!” “And how long have you been Mrs. Whyte?” her visitor asked. Fingering the wedding band on her hand, she responded, “Ever since this ring was placed on my finger!” The visitor then explained that it’s the same way with salvation. We don’t receive it by trying. Rather, it comes through trusting. It’s something we receive freely by God’s grace.

When the Philippian jailer cried out, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30), he was told, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 31). Salvation is a gift from God, not something we can earn (Ephesians 2:8-10). Therefore, if you want to be saved and you recognize that the Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins at Calvary and rose from the dead, just ask Him to save you. (Read John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24.) And if you are a believer, thank God every day for His mercy and His wonderful gift of salvation. – Richard W. De Haan

Nothing can for sin atone –

Nothing but the blood of Jesus;

Naught of good that I have done –

Nothing but the blood of Jesus. – Lowry

Salvation is a gift to be received, not a goal to be achieved.

  • July 9, 1993, Our Daily Bread
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