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

2 thoughts on “September 27–It’s ALL Up To God…and not me!

  1. This has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m enjoying fellowship with “precious people in my life”. People who are kind, generous, peaceful, fun, broken, but do not know Christ.

    Sometimes I feel like Paul in verse 3 of this chapter (“For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh. . .”). That I would give it all for them to know Christ and for them to receive all He has for them.

    But I do recognize that their Salvation (and mine) is the work of the Holy Spirit. Currently, I’ve accepted my role to pray, “hide God’s word in my heart”, and just be a part of their lives. I trust that in doing so, I can be available to be God’s hands and feet–an influence in their life for the purpose of their salvation. But I still pray that God works in spite of me as I sometimes miss the mark–I think most commonly by being afraid to offend them.

    But I’m working on that. . .as you mentioned before, I should love them enough (and I think I do) to risk them hating me. I realize the theme of surrender here too–I will have to let go of wanting to control the situation to allow God room to do His work. Thanks for the reminder of what my role is in the salvation of my friends and family.

  2. Dearest Curtis,
    Thank you so much for your honest, uncovered sharing here. We all want our “precious ones” to get it! To get the love and salvation of our Holy God!

    Your comment shows your growing wisdom and humility before our Mighty God—who loves our “precious ones” even more than we do!

    Yep! It is all about surrender to Christ…and courage through Christ…to love people enough to risk being hated, to share with people about Jesus—and to trust each person fully into the loving, perfect hands of our God.

    These are the same hands that were nailed to the cross and were, then, raised in eternal victory…and these are the same hands that are constantly reaching out to everyone of us to offer us mercy and life and hold us in God’s unfailing love—now and forever!

    Thank you, Curtis, for all you have shared! You are an encouragement to me…and to many!

    my love and my prayers through Jesus,
    Sylane

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