Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Two interesting verses; can we save ourselves and can we really work out our own salvation? Let me give you an illustration. A man who cannot swim falls into a pool of water and he finds himself in imminent danger of drowning. He does not drown, he is saved. Why? Because a friend threw him a life preserver; did his friend save him? Yes, but he also saved himself by taking hold of the life preserver. The life preserver came into the water to save sinkers. Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners.
1Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
1Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
The man who falls into the pool of water that cannot swim is every one of us that has been born into this world of sin and we are drowning. Someone who we may or may not know tell us about the Lord Jesus and what He has done for each of us. That is like the man throwing the other man the life preserver. Now the question is do we take hold of the life preserver and live or do we drown? Now, if we reach out and take hold of what has been given to us we have eternal life and if we don’t then we have eternal death. What are you holding on to? Good works? Not good enough. I hope you have laid hold of eternal life and that can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord richly bless as you start into this week and throw someone a life line.