Unlimited: When It Comes To Salvation, To Work For It Is To Lose It

May 15, 2020 629

If you are thirsty, come and drink water! If you don’t have any money, come, eat what you want! Drink wine and milk without paying a cent (Isa 55:1, CEV).

I saw a strange thing while camping by the beach during the summer holidays. Some of the other men who were camping with their families brought axes. They would get wood from the woodpile, and then cut the pieces laboriously into smaller pieces of wood to start their fires.

I couldn’t understand this, because the woodpile already contained wood of every size—from bigger pieces to tinder. The work had already been done. The only reason why I could think that men would laboriously chop wood was to exercise their manliness in proving to themselves that they hadn’t lost their skills for survival in the wild!

It is the same with life and salvation. Some Christians work all their lives to prove that they are worthy. Why work for what has already been so freely provided. To prove our merits? To prove that we can do it on our own?

At the end of the day, if it feels good, let the men swing their axes and chop wood. It may have some therapeutic value. But when it comes to salvation, to work for it is to lose it. We can’t afford to chop the wood that God has already chopped, lest we ourselves become the kindling for the fire.

– Eliezer Gonzalez

Eli’s Reflection: Ask God to examine your heart to remove the attitudes and behaviours that are about making ourselves feel worthy before God (as well as ourselves and our fellow human beings). We all have them, and we all need God’s help.

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