“I’m a nurse.” Well actually that’s a lie. I’m in the process of becoming a nurse.
“I’m saved.” That’s also a lie. I’m in the process of becoming saved.
I’ve heard people say to me “I’m saved” as if their judgment is already set in stone. This devalues Jesus Christ who is the one who will stand to judge us. Accepting Jesus as your Savior is an early and necessary step in becoming saved, but it is not the final step. Just as me getting accepting into the Nursing program was not the final step into me being a registered nurse.
It really takes more than just proclaiming His name and accepting him to enter His Kingdom.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” –Matthew 7:21
I understand that when people say “I’m saved” it’s their way of saying Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. But committing to the Lord is much different than being saved. Similarly when a student commits to go to a university that doesn’t mean he or she has already graduated.
Another condition to be saved is a consistent, lifelong keeping of His commandments. Jesus said:
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” -Matthew 10:22
I recognize the suffering in the Garden and on the Cross. I also appreciate the Eternal sacrifice of my Savior that made it possible for me to be cleansed and return to His presence. I’m forever grateful for Him. I know that because He rose from the tomb we will all rise from the grave, never to die again. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” -1 Corinthians 15:21-22
Because He died we will all live again, but to return to God’s presence we must do our part, by keeping His commandments and enduring to the end. It’s foolish to think that we are saved only by grace or only by works. His suffering for us is not a free ticket into heaven, but he bridged the gap that we weren’t able to do ourselves. His Grace is like a parent paying your college tuition– an amount you could have never afforded on your own. Grace is the funds that allow you to be on the campus in the first place. Grace is the ability to learn and grow and have all the tools necessary to succeed. Works is all the late nights of studying, the early morning classes you drag yourself to, and the effort in getting to the end result. Only with GRACE and WORKS can you end up in your cap and gown.
“And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”
He already did His part. Now we have to do ours.