“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:11-12 NIV
Salvation is free for all, thank God.
I have often wondered to myself even while sitting in church, if I living how God wants me to, am I worthy of all that He has given for me. From the beginning of time until now All God has done is give and all humanity has done is take, take, take and then taken even more without anything in return.
When I think of the text, Titus 2:11-12 and what it is trying to convey, I realise that while I may have accepted salvation, there are still ungodliness and worldly passions that I still need to let go of if I am to truly embrace a life pleasing to God.
In acknowledging that, I am a ways from being free from my carnal nature, my thought goes to the text Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” NIV
Life is a daily struggle for not just me but many who also profess to be Christians, persons of renown faith or spiritual individuals. God expects of us to have unwavering devotion, undivided service and total faithfulness to Him alone especially since He has made it known that “Am a jealous God” in Exodus. We aren’t to just give lip service but to live a life that He is pleased with and that others can see us as an example of someone who truly knows and have a relationship with God.
So I have concluded that in order for one to truly have salvation and gain eternal life along with it, you must stay close to the source of this salvation. Daily communion with God is needed and that means prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it, following the examples Christ set out for us while on earth and by helping others in their daily walk with God as well.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. Revelations 12:10 NIV
One of the most profound things that Christ said to Peter before He was crucified is found in Luke 22: 31-32 – And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” KJV