Put in some work.
But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.
You don’t have to earn anything for your salvation, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to exert some effort in order to grow.
The gospel message isn’t opposed to efforts. It’s opposed to earning.
In other words, don’t hear “saved by grace” as an invitation or excuse to not put in some hard work to grow. Saved by grace isn’t opposed to hard work, but it is opposed to you thinking that your hard work somehow earns it.
- Spiritual and emotional growth requires hard work.
- Acknowledging and then working on weaknesses is hard work.
- Marriage requires hard work.
- Parenting requires some serious effort.
- Getting a reign on finances and learning to be generous is tough.
- Refusing to hide secrets and shame is hard work.
Today, ask God to help you really know that when you put in hard work, it's because you are grateful for what Jesus has done for you, wanting to live for him because you recognize that it’s the best way to live! You are not in debt to him, but indebted to him!
Through this series, Aaron encouraged us to read Romans 5-8. Read it as God's personal letter to you!