28 June 2016
‘It is true that God humbles us. Scripture also says to humble ourselves. In the formation of our own hearts, we have a part to play.’ – Scott Sauls
In an instant, upon accepting Christ you were justified (declared righteous) with a righteousness not your own, but one that has been imputed (assigned/ascribed) to you by Christ’s perfect life, death and resurrection (Philippians 3:9, Romans 3:22). You have nothing to earn and nothing to prove, immediately and eternally.
So how does that square when Scripture tells us that we are to ‘work out our salvation…’ (Philippians 2:12) In an instant we are saved not of our own doing, but until Jesus returns we are being continually sanctified (being made righteous) – growing in the image and likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 John 3:2, Romans 8:29).
Justification is a finished work - the work of Christ. Sanctification is an ongoing project - one in which we have a part to play.
So as a team of servant leaders, from a position of resting in the completed work of Christ, let us labour – seeking His face, being obedient to His Word, humbly serving, growing in His likeness, being His hands and feet, abandoning ourselves to His purpose, and loving as He has loved us.
‘Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.’ – Eph 5:1-2