Salvation Is Hard

Many years ago I was talking to an older guy about fixing a broken something or other. He was a handyman type, knew how to fix everything. I’m a waste of space at fixing things.

He was telling me how simple it was to do this repair. To emphasize how simple it was he said, “It’s as easy as getting saved.”

I was stunned by his statement. I remember laughing and saying something like, “Hm, I never thought getting saved was all that easy.” He was then stunned by my statement!

There are many who think “getting saved” is easy. If you view justification by faith alone the way most do–nodding your head yes at the appropriate time of the emotional Gospel presentation–then yeah, getting saved is easy.

Easy Salvation agrees to the facts of the Gospel and you’re good to go.

What amazes me is watching Jesus Christ talk to people about salvation. He drove so many away. In fact, Jesus always seemed to make salvation harder than people thought.

The classic example is the Rich Young Ruler, “Go and sell all your stuff and give to the poor, come, and follow me.” Can you imagine explaining to the Rich Young Ruler that making a repair was “as easy as getting saved?”

It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. That sounds hard to me.

The gate is strait and the way is narrow; few there be who find it. Sounds pretty hard to me.

If you don’t hate mother, father, son, and daughter you cannot be my disciple. Sounds pretty hard to me.

Anyone who desires to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Sounds pretty hard to me.

Take up your cross, deny yourself, and follow me. Sounds pretty tough.

I think you get the idea.

Salvation is not mental assent to facts about Jesus. Salvation is a new way of life, one that must be thought about carefully. You sure you want to do that? You sure it’s worth it to lose your money, your family peace, your friendships, your cares of this world, and your carefully constructed reputation that will become dung?

You sure?

Yet most people will say, “Pssh, I’ve never had to do any of that, and I’m saved. It was easy for me.”

Judgment Day is going to be a real shocker to many people. Don’t be one of them. Wake up today. Read the Word. Realize that salvation is the hardest decision you’ll ever make and it might possibly ruin your life.

For many in the Great Cloud of Witnesses, salvation didn’t pay off until they were dead and finally inherited the Better Country.

Until then, salvation kind of stunk. Don’t rush people into making a decision. Particularly don’t push kids into it; they have no idea what the implications are. So much of our Gospel is wrong and so many of our Gospel presentations are wrong.

Read the Parable of the Sower. 3 out of 4 didn’t get in. If words mean what they say, salvation is not easy.

If you think it is, more than likely it comes from your warped, man-made view of justification by faith alone.

4 thoughts on “Salvation Is Hard”

  1. The quotation is from Luke 14:26, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

    Elsewhere His words are put “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” That’s from Matthew 10:37.

    They both refer to the same context are are two ways of saying the same truth.

    Loving Christ comes before love of anyone else. If following Christ led me into opposition with my mother and father, then yes, I would love Christ more and would appear to be hating my mother and father to follow Christ.

    In the end, whether I love or hate my mother and father makes no difference to the validity of these words of Jesus Christ to each potential believer. Jesus said the words; not me. They are to be taken seriously by all.

  2. What amazes me is watching Jesus Christ talk to people about salvation. He drove so many away. In fact, Jesus always seemed to make salvation harder than people thought.

    And yet the “gospel” is presented today in terms that make it seem like Jesus is desperate for people to be saved – almost pleading with them to come to Him, to the extent that all the old righteousness requirements are thrown out to make is easier for us to give in to His pleading.
    Isn’t it so nice of us to do Him a favour by accepting salvation?
    A note of clarification – I’m not being serious with that last sentence, but I say it with a serious intent. We do NOT do God a favour by “getting saved”.

  3. Reblogged this on Onesimus Files and commented:
    A few days ago I posted some thoughts on my blog under the title Practicality vs Airy Fairy.

    Those thoughts were inspired by the contrast I’d seen between the very practical content of Jeff’s recent series of blog articles about Justification and an article sent to me by a friend that seemed to be all “head in the clouds” with little practical meaning; an article written by a very respected Christian identity.

    This current article on Jeff’s site continues the practical and challenging line of his justification writings.

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