INSPIRING DAILY DEVOTIONAL ® … Guard your salvation with great caution
Text(s) for today: Lk. 13:22-30
“The door to heaven is narrow. Try hard to enter it. Many people will want to enter there, but they will not be able to go in… If your right eye causes you to fall into sin, tear it out and throw it away. It’s better you lose a part of your body than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” Luke 13:24; Matt. 5:29
Today’s key verses convey one of the most profound Biblical truths: the door to heaven is narrow. There are some who have been deceived into thinking that once you’re saved then you’re forever saved, but this believe is seriously erroneous.
Indeed, it’s a ploy from the pits of hell.
If salvation was as straight forward as receiving Jesus into one’s life and does not require a corresponding behavior, then why are many trying to enter and yet unable?
Again, how will your body parts lead you to hell, as Jesus is telling us in today’s devotional (also see 1 Cor. 6:9-10)?
In as much as we’re saved by only grace through faith, we should not forget that our faith in Christ Jesus is as dead as a pile of stones if it does not have accompanying works: such a faith does not save (Jam. 2:14 – 17, 26).
Bible admonishes us to ’work out your (our) salvation with fear and trembling (that is, with great caution)’ Phil. 2:12 KJV, and in fact that’s exactly what Jesus is communicating to us through today’s devotional. That’s what this whole article is about.
Note that Bible did not say we should ‘work for our own salvation’ but rather we should work out.
The difference is simple: to work out your own (personal) salvation means ‘to justify your inclusion’. It means that now that you have been saved, remain there; don’t come under the grips of the devil anymore. To work for your own salvation means whether you will be saved or not depends absolutely or entirely on your works. But this is NOT true either.
It’s actually a blend because as we’ve already explained, true faith itself is more than a mere conviction. It’s a conviction (belief) with a corresponding character/behavior.
Don’t forget demons also believe (have a conviction) – in fact, they so believe that they tremble and yet none will be saved – they lack the corresponding works (Jam. 2:19).
Don’t toy with your salvation by indulging in pornography, masturbation, fornication, incest, theft, etc. We are warned that those who indulge in such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9 – 10; Gal. 5:19 – 21).
To paraphrase the latter part of Jesus’ words in the key verse above (Matt. 5:29), if your friends are constantly leading you to fornicate, cut them off. It’s better to remain without an ally than to have lots of friends and end up in hell. If the pictures on TV are making you sin against God, Jesus taught us to abolish the TV – ‘cut it out,’ He says.
Let obedience to God mean more than pleasure to you. Let your salvation be more valuable to you than comfort or any other thing (Lk. 14:28; 9:23).
Prayer & Confessions (pray out loudly)
Thank you LORD Jesus for coming to die for my sins. Please help me live my life continually in a way that pleases you; in anticipation of a more glorious time with you some time to come (in heaven), in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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