“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not
of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
An argument was going on between two friends, John and Olu. Olu had been caught falsifying the financial records in his office. He was furious that the management sacked him. “How could they do such a thing to me?” he fumed. “Everyone in the office does it. Besides, I needed the extra money to settle my daughter’s hospital bill.” John insisted that Olu had been wrong. Believers are not expected to indulge in sinful actions, irrespective of the number of other people that do so. “Who can resist such an easy means of extra cash?” Olu asked. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to receive power against such temptations.
Getting out of a lifestyle of sin does not come by human efforts. One needs to
place one’s trust in Jesus, who died, not only to save man from sin, but also to
empower men to stay completely free from sin. All this was effected when Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for sin on the cross. Believing in the finished work of Christ is the way to saving faith. Galatians 3:7-9 assure us that this kind of faith was also found in Abraham.
Therefore, the blessings of Abraham are transferred to believers who exercise
this faith and keep themselves unspotted from the “sharp” or “smart” practices
of the world. Believers must endeavour to encourage people to stay away from sin “Do not follow a multitude to do wrong” (Exodus 23:2). Salvation from a sinful lifestyle can only be secured on the basis of faith in Christ.
1. Help me, Lord, not to indulge in the ‘sharp’ or ‘smart’ practices of the world.
2. May I not lose my salvation by not focusing on Jesus alone.