Memorise Romans 10:10
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…”
Romans 8:29 explains that God has chosen from eternity past whom He would save. However it does not address the issue of human responsibility with regards to a person’s salvation. The Bible makes it clear that though it is God who does the choosing, this does not in any way absolve a person from the responsibility of responding to the Gospel in faith. Neither can it be used as an excuse to reject the Gospel on account of not being one of God’s chosen ones.
Responding in faith to the Gospel and accepting the Lord Jesus as Saviour is just the first step of a Christian’s journey from the point of conversion to glorification when we shall see Jesus face to face. Being a Christian also entails growing in the faith and confessing the Lord Jesus as Saviour not merely in word but also in deed. To think that it is enough that God has chosen you and then to live after the flesh is to remain a babe in Christ. As Paul in Romans 8:12 says, “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh”. Moreover, “…they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8). Having begun in the Spirit, God wants His children to continue to live in the Spirit. In the past, we might have developed a habit of swearing and cursing but after believing, we must stop it. There is a change in our lives. We want to please God and bring honour to Him. We want to live clean lives.
Romans 10:10 says that the genuine believer confesses with his mouth what he truly believes in his heart, and lives a life consistent with such a belief. Once we are saved, we do not continue living as if nothing has happened. Rather, we respond in love and gratitude to Jesus who gave Himself for us by hating sin and loving holiness. Indeed, the Christian’s entire life should be a confession of faith in Jesus as his Lord and personal Saviour to the world.
Thought: If Jesus were to return right now, would He be pleased with the way I have been living my life?
Prayer: Help me Lord to please You in all that I do, and forgive me in times of weakness when I have failed You.