페이지 정보작성자 카마리오한인연합감리교회 작성일20-01-07 01:06 조회14회 댓글0건
Salvation and Sanctification
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Most great things that we enjoy have been granted us, not achieved by us. Birth, family, education, job, food, entertainment... none of these things have been achieved by us. They were given to us by God’s grace. However, the world teaches us something that is not aligned with this reality. The world teaches us to try our best to survive and prosper, as if survival and prosperity are the most important values and to be achieved by our own efforts. When we think that we must do our best to survive, we are presupposing that we are alone in the world and we have no one to help us. Think of those self-help books, which tell us to help ourselves. We do have God and people who give us life and community to live in. It is not that we achieve survival by striving hard. Also, if we prioritize prosperity, our neighbors and friends turn our competitors and potential enemies. How sad!
Therefore, instead of survival and prosperity, the Bible suggests us that we should live for salvation and sanctification. And these two have nothing to do with our own efforts, because they are give us by God’s grace. Salvation has been granted us by Jesus’s death and resurrection. We receive it by faith. Sanctification is something that happens naturally as we walk with the Lord together with fellow Christians. Try harder to be holier, you will fail harder. But stay in a church, be loved and love. You will soon be holy.
The kind of the sense of purpose we have in God is for salvation and sanctification. Amen.