Frank Hay

Frank Hay

Being saved is being rescued from the penalty of sin; sin is disobedience, that which separates us from God.

John 3:16 (KJV) -- 16) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Philippians 2:12 (KJV) -- 12) "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."

I remember the time I was baptized as a junior age boy. What did I do? I am sure I did not really know the implications. As a pre-teen, many decisions were made because it was the thing to do or because your buddy did it. Did I really know what following Christ meant? Certainly not. How about you? I have looked very closely at my decision later in life, and I do honestly believe I did the right thing as a youngster. But, the full implications only came later in life. I made a commitment and later renewed that commitment, and I do it daily now as I face my senior years.

I pray now as you read this you might look closely at your commitment to Jesus Christ. Can you honestly say you are a true, believing follower of the Son of God?

A devotion by Oswald Chambers states: “Remember what you are saved for -- that the Son of God might be manifested in your mortal flesh. Bend the whole energy of your powers to realize your election as a child of God; rise to the occasion every time. You cannot do anything for your salvation, but you must do something to manifest it. You must work out what God has worked in.” 

It is my understanding that God’s salvation from sin and the promise of a heavenly home “never to die” is available for anyone who follows God's direction, not because we go to church or we live in America. One must believe that Jesus is the son of God and that He died and was raised to life. But note in John 3:36 (KJV) that: 36) "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

There is much in our Bible that I do not understand. However, there is enough I do understand to make me realize following God and serving Him is the only way for my life, and I pray yours, also.

I encourage you to look closely at your life and be honest with yourself. Make sure you are a servant of God and not just pretending. God knows the difference.

It is my prayer that all come to know the love of God and work out the salvation He has worked in you. God’s blessings as you journey to eternity serving Him.

J. Frank Hay Jr. is an Orangeburg pastor and chaplain.

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