Your_______ has saved you
How would you fill in that blank?
These are some variations that many would say based on some conversation I’ve had.
- Your good intention has saved you.
- Your hard work has saved you.
- Your church attendance has saved you.
- Your church membership has saved you.
- Your Bible knowledge has saved you.
- Your strict obedience to the commandments has saved you.
- Your kindness has saved you.
As independent, self-sufficient, hardworking people this is how we want our salvation to come. And if we look deep down inside, we want it this way so we can take credit for it. We want to get to heaven one day and be able to weigh up our good deeds against our bad ones and tip the scales in our favor so we can feel like we deserve to gain salvation and heaven.
Your faith has saved you
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
The woman who Jesus says this to has come to the conclusion that there is nothing she can do to earn or deserve salvation. All she is faith.
But what is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Faith is to place trust in something or someone. For this woman, it was to place her trust in Jesus. She realizes that she has much to be forgiven and that on her own there is nothing she could do to gain the freedom, acceptance, forgiveness, and salvation that she longs for.
She shows this faith by trusting that Jesus is who He says He is. With her physical eyes, He doesn’t look any different, but her faith tells her there is more to this man. That in fact, He is more than just a man. He is Immanuel, God with us.
Where is your faith?
So where is your faith? Are you working for salvation or are you working from salvation? This is you attempting to gain forgiveness through your own efforts. The second is the results of a forgiven heart.
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”