Replacing my cell phone recently was a traumatic experience because I was still using the penny phone that came with the original contract. It was a simple phone with no bells or whistles.
While I was storing a friend’s number, which unlike some other procedures, wasn’t so hard for me to figure out, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a message that, “John Doe is saved.” I immediately thought, “Boy, if it were that easy, I’d just start punching in everybody’s name and number so they’d be saved (it didn’t occur to me until now, a few weeks later, that I might be tempted to not enter some people’s names).”
Anyway, it’s not that easy to become saved and it’s even harder to stay saved although God wants both (1 Timothy 2: 3, 4; 2 Peter 3: 9; John 3: 16, 17). Still, his plan of salvation is simple for those who can get past the first requirement of faith (1 Corinthians 1: 18; 1 John 5: 1-13; read all the verses cited in this article to see how simple God’s plan is).
We must believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10: 8-13). Confession is a necessary action on our part.
We also must believe and be baptized to be saved (Mark 16: 16). Baptism saves us by the resurrection of Christ as we’re washed with water through, by, or according to, the word (Ephesians 5: 25-27; 1 Peter 3: 21; Colossians 2: 11, 12). It’s when we call on the name of the Lord to remove our sins (Acts 22: 16). Many, having faith, stumble over grace not realizing that grace is accepted through obedience to the faith (Ephesians 2: 8, 9; Titus 3: 3-7; 2 Corinthians 6: 1; Galatians 2: 20, 21; 5: 24; Romans 6: 3-5; Acts 6: 7; 1 Peter 1: 22).
Although I wish I could just enter someone’s name in my phone and have them be saved, God decides how people are saved and have their name written in his book of life (Acts 2: 37-41, 42-47; 16: 30-34; Revelation 3: 5; 20: 11-15).
Nobody is to change God’s plan (Revelation 22: 18, 19). Rather, we’re to present God’s whole plan so people can hear (Romans 10: 14-17), believe in Jesus, repent of their sins, confess Jesus as Lord, be baptized in his name to have their sins forgiven, and live to please God for the rest of their lives (Revelation 2: 10).
The hardest part of salvation may be remaining faithful to the end (Matthew 24: 13; 2 Thessalonians 2: 13-15). But, God will help us as long as we’re faithful to his whole plan (Hebrews 13: 1-8; 7: 23-25; 1 Corinthians 15: 1-5; 1 Peter 1: 3-9). God will hold accountable those who aren’t faithful in that regard (Matthew 28: 18-20; Acts 20: 21, 26, 27).
Are you saved? Are you obeying all Jesus’ commands so others also can be saved?
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org