I’m going to be frank. We who claim Christ as our Savior have an internal struggle going on daily. It’s flesh vs. Spirit. And sometimes, that flesh is awfully convincing. Sometimes it is very hard to tell which is which. That is why it is so important to be in God’s Word every chance we get!
For those of us who sincerely try to live as Christ desires according to His Word, we get called “Legalists”. These people do not know the real meaning, but that’s besides the point. The point is they think that after we are saved we can live however we want. They think that there are a lot of gray areas that are up to our own decisions. They think that Christ doesn’t really care about every decision in every area of our lives. I am declaring today that He does care.
Look at it this way: Let’s say a child is drowning or is in some sort of life threatening situation. Let’s say you save their life. You insist that no reward is necessary, the reward is in the very fact that a life has been saved from danger and imminent death. Yet you take an interest in the person you have saved. You are curious on how they are living their life now that they have a “second chance” to live it. So a few years later, through Providence, you meet up with that person again. You find that this person has done nothing with their life. I mean nothing. They are in their late 20’s now, living at home with their parents. No job, no further schooling, no family of their own. They just sit. at. home… and play video games. That’s it. Wouldn’t you be somewhat disappointed? Wouldn’t you desire them to do something with that “second chance” that you helped them get? If we were honest, I think we would all be hurt at the prospect that the life we saved is being wasted in vanity.
I think that is how Christ feels about the person that does nothing with their salvation. Let me make this clear- NOTHING is required of you for salvation except belief. But Christ wants you to do something with that salvation after the fact. I Thessalonians 2:11 & 12 tells us this:
“As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”
See that? We are to walk worthy of the one who saved us. We are not worthy of His salvation, yet Christ gave it to us anyways. And NOW He wants us to live as people who are redeemed. II Corinthians 5:17 states it plainly,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
This just became so clear to me as of late. As I spent time in God’s Word, I realized this – that God does not give us a list of “dos” and “don’ts.” No. He gives us an entire book of “how to live” and “how not to live”. He is so desirous of us to make the most of the new life He has given us. He wants us to live as though we have been given a “second chance.” Because we have. Romans 6:1 & 2 says,
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
God wants to see us live as He wants us to live after our salvation… not just more of the same.
So what say you? Are you walking worthy of the salvation that you have? Are you like that gamer who made no change in his life after being given a “second chance”? Ask God today, and everyday, to help you make decisions in your life that would prove to God that you are “walking worthy” of Him and His gift to you!