Extravagant gift of salvation

By Dave Henning / January 31, 2024

“Why would anybody turn down such an extravagant gift (salvation)?  They want to be in control. . . .  I think our rejection of God’s gift hurts His [feelings] too.  He wants us to have the best for our lives, and we can’t get it on our own.  We have to become like children — humble, open, and recognizing our need.”- Chip Ingram

“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”- Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

Chip Ingram concludes Chapter 10 of Discover Your True Self as he explores the difference between condemnation and conviction.  And it’s a huge difference.  Satan, the enemy of our souls, authors condemnation.  He wants you to feel unworthy.  So, Satan points the finger at you.

However, by contrast, conviction comes from God. It separates you from your action.  After all, you remain a son or daughter of the King.  In addition, conviction prompts you to run toward God.  Rather than away from Him.  Thus, the Holy Spirit authors conviction for your good.

Above all, the gentle instruction of conviction is usually very specific.  Hence, that allows you to correct your mistakes and live in freedom.  As a result, Pastor Ingram counsels, there’s no reason to hide from conviction, look for excuses, or blame someone else.  As God’s handiwork, workmanship, or masterpiece, God saved you by grace for a higher purpose.

In conclusion, Chip explains:

“Notice the word ‘handiwork.’  Some translations say ‘workmanship’ or masterpiece.’  We get our word poem from this term, and it carries the connotations of artistry, like the work of a potter or sculptor. . . .  We are a tapestry of grace in which all the scars and blemishes are removed, hidden on the back side, or positioned in such a way as to highlight their beauty. . . .

This is how God wants you to see your life.  This isn’t pop psychology or positive self-talk: You are God’s masterpiece.” (emphasis author’s)

Today’s question: What makes people reluctant to accept the extravagant gift of salvation?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Fabricated meaning of life?”

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