Fox Byte #12:  It’s All About Me . . . Right?

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BFB140411 Daffy DuckOne big problem people have with this being saved thing is that it just seems too easy.  They think, “You mean that’s all I have to do?  Just tell people I believe Yeshua is the Messiah, and believe God brought Him back from the dead, and then I’ll be saved?”

YES!  That’s all you have to do.  It’s simple, but “simple” doesn’t mean “easy”.  It’s actually very hard for two reasons.

First, it was hard for God.  Even though all the people He created rejected Him, He still made His own Son take the death penalty just so He could win the world back.  It was so bad that God even turned His back on His own Son.  That’s why Yeshua’s last words were, “My God!  My God!  Why have You forsaken [turned your back on] Me!”  (Matthew 27:46)

Second, it’s hard for us.  It’s bad enough that we have to admit there’s something so wrong with us that we can’t fix it on our own, but then we have to come crawling back to the God we rejected and ask Him to fix the problem.

How hard is it if you hurt someone who trusted you?  Suppose when you were young you took money from your Mom’s purse, and she knew you did it, and she knew you spent it all.  What do you do?  If you do nothing, she will have to punish you, and it will hurt terribly for a long, long time.  The only thing you can do is confess to her what you did, tell her honestly you are sorry about it, and leave the consequences up to her.

It’s the same with God.  Like your Mom, God is ready to forgive you and set you on the right track.  Yet He will not do anything until you take that first, hard step and talk to Him.

This is where we have to bring in another Bible word:  humble.  It means thinking of others as more important than yourself.  It means swallowing your pride when everything in you says, “Pay attention to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”

You can’t be reconciled with God unless you humble yourself first.  But don’t worry; He gave us an example:

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Yeshua, who . . . humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV)

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