The Seeds Of Salvation

18th May

I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”

1 Corinthians 3:6-7

Reading today’s key verse, allows us to breath a huge sigh of relief. The responsibility to make someone a Christian is not ours. That is God’s work. Salvation is through Him and Him only. We are just vessels and workers to that end, as Paul clearly says, it is God who provides the increase; it is God who makes the seed grow!

However, that being said, it doesn’t negate our responsibility to faithfully be a seed sower or waterer. Neither does it negate our responsibility to pray that God would make the seed grow in the hearts of those we are sharing, or have shared the Gospel with. Rather, we should prayerfully come before the Lord every day, asking that He would provide the increase, because He is faithful until the work is completed. Moreover, we should be open to God, praying for every opportunity to be a sower or a waterer, with the seed of the Gospel.

Be faithful in sowing, in watering and praying, knowing that salvation is God’s work alone. Even if we don’t see the fruit of our work overnight, we can trust that God is doing His work in that person’s heart. He is the giver of salvation. Be faithful, but trust Him.

He IS Faithful

17th May

But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

1 John 1:9

In some religions, when you do something wrong, you have to balance out your wickedness by doing acts of good deeds to compensate. In others, you have to do penance to receive forgiveness. In others still, sacrificial offerings are made to substitute for your sins. Yet, Christianity, is the only religion were you don’t have to do anything because it has already been done! All we need to do is confess to our God, our Creator and Our Saviour, what we have done wrong, ask for forgiveness and receive it! It’s as simple as that.

We are forgiven, not because of our eloquent words or ‘good deeds’ or penance, but because He is faithful and He is just to forgive us our sins. There is no way to confuse this. It is not because of us, or anyone else that we can be forgiven by God. It is only through the confession of our sin to Jesus, that we can be forgiven. He is merciful and kind, full of grace and love, and because He paid the highest price for our sins, we are forgiven.

Let us not be ashamed to confess when we do wrong. Let us not be too proud to receive the forgiveness of a loving Saviour. Let us rejoice in His forgiveness, redemption, restoration and cleansing. He is faithful. He is just. He is a GOOD GOOD GOD!