Genuine Salvation

In my time alone with God this morning, Luke 3:8 really grabbed my attention:  “Prove by the way you live that you have really turned from your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say, ‘We’re safe — we’re the descendants of Abraham.’ That proves nothing. God can change these stones here into children of Abraham.”  (Luke 3:8 NLT)

It is Christ-centered LIFE-CHANGE – not religious heritage or church affiliation – that’s the sign of genuine salvation.  NOTE:  I’m not talking about changing your life to be right with God – nothing we do of our own merits can earn us a right standing with God  (Eph. 2:8-9, Titus 3:5).  However, when salvation is real there will be evidence in our lives – LIFECHANGE, and we begin to do “good works” as a result of being forgiven of sin and saved by our faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:10).

When I made my decision to follow Christ as Savior and Lord, my appetites and desires began to change.  I was a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) with a new way of life; not perfection, but direction (1 John 2:3-6).  While I still fail and make mistakes (sin), the direction of my life is to live as Christ did.  Jesus was perfect; we’re not, so we walk in direction not perfection, but the direction of our life will show what/who we follow and what/who is most important to us.  If your salvatin is genuine – it will show up in the way you live:  ie – Christ-centered LIFECHANGE.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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