Order something by mail, and it’s not unusual to see ASSEMBLY REQUIRED on the packaging.
Our new “toy” is broken down into its individual parts for ease of shipment.
When we reassemble it, each part in its proper place, we can enjoy what we’ve purchased.
If we choose to bypass the assembly instructions, we might end up with a mess, one that doesn’t work or serve the purpose for which it was intended.
Our salvation in Christ comes with an ASSEMBLY REQUIRED notice on the package.
We become new in Christ when we accept him as the authority in our daily lives, but it’s like that children’s song. “He’s still working on me.” We’re continually in assembly mode, and God is adjusting and tweaking to get us just right.
Let’s see how it goes in John 1:12-13.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
This passage tells us God is ready and willing to step in with a “fix” each time we stumble in endeavoring to lift ourselves to his standard.
Our 1st Fix from God:
The Word says we are not born into Christ because of blood. Just because our parents are deacons in the church doesn’t automatically convey Christ’s salvation upon us.
Our salvation comes when we place our faith in God.
Our 2nd Fix from God:
The Word says we can’t live a good enough life to earn our salvation. No matter how strong our desire is, we will fall short without the help of the Lord.
When we believe on the name of Christ, his salvation becomes ours.
Our 3rd Fix from God:
The Word says we can’t legislate people into living for Jesus. The laws of the land don’t make us followers of Christ in our hearts, only in the actions forced upon us.
Our only source of salvation flows from the Father above.
We keep trying to earn salvation on our own, to improve our human condition, and God says, “Here, let me fix that.”
He’s the only one who can.
God wants to take control of our lives, and it’s time for us to relinquish our authority to him.
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