September 27–It’s ALL Up To God…and not me!

It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort but on God’s mercy.

Romans 9:16

Our salvation and our transformation depends on God’s mercy. Completely.

There are so many precious people in my life that I want for them to take fully hold of what God is holding out for them to receive. Jesus has salvation and eternal life. So many precious ones that I love are still without this assurance and peace…some reject Jesus completely.

And my heart breaks for them because they don’t know the absolutely all encompassing love and eternal hope Jesus offers to them. 

Yet, I’m so thankful that their salvation does not depend on me…not in any way. Oh, I am to desire salvation for them. I am to make a loving, sincere, compassionate (and, being me, passionate) effort for them to know of the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I also absolutely know that I save no one. Never could. Never will. It is ALL up to God…it all depends on God’s mercy and the salvation that Jesus offers…and, then, is received by the person. Just as I had to receive and yield to God’s perfect love gift of salvation for my own eternal life.

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There are so many precious people in my life that I want for them to take fully hold of what God is holding out for them to receive. Jesus has transformation and freedom, healing and power for each of His followers…right now…not just on the other side of Heaven. So many precious ones that I love—even those who have already accepted the eternal gift of salvation—are still without any real transformation of their hearts and habits as they live out their daily lives. Jesus is just kind of a side note…instead of the honored Savior. Jesus is more of a luxury…instead of Lord.

And my heart breaks for them because they don’t know the joy and strength, power, passion and purpose of being truly transformed …more and more into the likeness of Jesus—in a committed daily dance…loving journey with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yet, I’m so thankful that their transformation does not depend on me…not in any way. Oh, I am to desire true transformation for them. I am to make a loving, sincere, compassionate (and, being me, passionate) effort for them to know of the transformation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I also absolutely know that I transform…free…heal…empower…no one. Never could. Never will. It is All up to God…it all depends on God’s mercy and the transformation that Jesus offers…and, then, is received by the person. Just as I must receive and yield to God’s full love to me that purposes to transform me every day of my life on this side of Heaven.

It’s ALL up to God…and not me…and I’m so very glad that it is!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane