He gives to us, not us to him

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– Excerpt from Steve McVey, 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday

Salvation is not a matter of you giving your life to Christ. In fact, it has nothing whatsoever to do with what you have given God.

Grace revolves around what He has given us, not what we give to Him! You receive eternal life not because you gave Christ your life. You receive eternal life because He gave you His Life! The distinction might seem subtle, but it’s important.

It is the nature of the religious perspective to focus on what we do instead of what our gracious God has done. . . .

We didn’t start the ball rolling regarding our salvation. He did, and to suggest otherwise diminishes Him and exalts us. 

Salvation is God’s work. Our response to Him is because He initiated the whole thing. We love because He first loved us. Grace means we are merely recipients of what He did through Jesus Christ. He is the initiator, activator, and perpetuator of our salvation. From start to finish, it’s Him. . . .

There’s nothing for us to do except believe it and say, “Thank You very much!

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My book review of 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday

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Every day in October I’m sharing a short quote on grace from a favorite book.

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One thought on “He gives to us, not us to him

  1. blankBarbara H.

    I agree that is true in regard to salvation – there is nothing we can do to “earn” it. But there is a giving of our lives to Him, a “presenting your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:2) in response. Yet even that is “by the mercies of God” and we can only do it by His grace.

    But yes, I agree very much that “Salvation is God’s work. Our response to Him is because He initiated the whole thing. We love because He first loved us. Grace means we are merely recipients of what He did through Jesus Christ. He is the initiator, activator, and perpetuator of our salvation. From start to finish, it’s Him. . . . ” Amen! Praise the Lord!

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