You Cannot Save Yourself

Not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

When a lifeguard is trying to save you, it’s a mistake to try and assist him. At first this might not seem like a problem; after all, we usually encourage people to help themselves. But when you’re flailing around in deep water you tire easily and sink faster; you also drag others down with you. That’s why a lifeguard will tell you to stop struggling and trust him. Understand this: God doesn’t need your help to save you!

The Bible says, ‘He took our sin… and made us alive in Christ. He did… this on his own, with no help from us… All we do is trust him… It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d go… around bragging that we’d done the whole thing!’ (Ephesians 2:4-9 TM). When Nicodemus came to talk to Jesus about salvation, he thought Jesus would tell him to abide by certain religious doctrines and exercises. What this prominent religious leader failed to grasp, is the all-encompassing nature of salvation; that we can’t earn God’s acceptance. He’s not impressed with our good works; in His eyes ‘our best efforts are grease-stained rags… ‘ (Isaiah 64:6 TM). There’s a humbling thought! Robert Lowry wrote: ‘Nothing can for sin atone; nothing but the blood of Jesus. Naught of good that I have done; nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow. No other fount I know; nothing but the blood of Jesus.’ Paul writes: ‘God[‘s]… grace… is a free gift… ‘ (Romans 3:24 NCV), and He’s offering it to you today. Will you accept it?

Sharing a good word from :Bob Gass

Love in Christ Pat

4 thoughts on “You Cannot Save Yourself

  1. Steve

    Hey Pat, How are you doing. I got an update on this one. Sometimes its hard to wait on God, but we must. I’ve tried hard to get my sons saved, and still learning that I must wait on God, its in HIS time, not mine. God bless you pat

  2. Rachel

    Pat – how true. God gives life physical and spiritual. I’m thankful it isn’t in our hands – and God knew better than to put it there.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


  3. Tishrei

    When I was in high school, I took the training and received my lifeguard certificate. A person that is drowning can be of no help, they are helpless. In fact, we were trained to go up behind them and take control. You used an excellent analogy. Great post!


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