Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Blessed but not Better

I've decided to finish out chapter 11 in one day as it continues on the theme of Israel not believing and the Gentiles being grafted in because they do believe.
It could simply be said that regardless of your bloodline or heritage if you believe you are His and if you refuse to believe He will honour that choice.
However I would like to hit on a point Paul makes to the Gentiles. He tells them not to boast because they have been grafted in. Living in Alberta again for the first time since 1999 it is obvious that the economic success here has created an attitude of boasting. Lately this attitude is changing to one of fear.
Human nature is a funny thing. We often take pride in things as a credit to ourselves when in reality we are benefitting from something we had no part in. It is no credit to any individual in Alberta that we are sitting on oil and gas. We are fortunate but not better than others in places which don't have these valuable resources to extract from the ground.
Does me believing in what Jesus did for us make me better than someone who doesn't believe? Not a chance! What Jesus did makes me rich but it is no credit to me. If it does not make me humble and grateful than I don't even understand Him.
Israelite or Gentile, black or white, English or French, Christian or Muslim or atheist etc... - None are better. A believer is not better, just blessed, and a spirit of pride will eventually make us an unbeliever... a heart that truly believes in Him will desire only the best for all.

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