So what do you think about salvation being all up to you? Isn’t that comforting in a way? You’ve got control!
But wait a minute! If it’s something that is based on what you do…then maybe you can undo it too. What if you sin and put off repenting of it, does that mean you’re not saved then?
And what if that sin is something big, really big like drugs and sex? Anything that can take over your life? What if you die after throwing away your salvation? What then?
Doesn’t that make God seem…weak and waiting to see what we will decide? Not really omnipotent? Not in control? I’m not sure that this is the best view of Real Life Jesus.
“I am the good shepherd.” John 10:11 (NRSV)
Sheep don’t choose their shepherd. They just have one from the moment that they are born. The shepherd has a forever relationship with every one of them. Jesus is the Good Shepherd of all people throughout all the ages. This, I believe, is Real Life Jesus.
This post is the companion to “It’s All Up To God!” which looks at a different view of salvation.