2nd June 2014


 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

The term ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) has been around since the early 20th century primarily in the area of home improvements. It’s the idea that anyone is capable of completing a variety of jobs rather than relying on paid specialists. It speaks to the proverb, ‘If you want a job done well, do it yourself’. 

The problem for me is that one of my (many) failings is that I am absolutely useless at DIY. I can put a shelf up, as long as you don’t put anything on it. I can hang a picture, as long as you as you don’t mind it being wonky. And is it only me that finds the flat pack of furniture is always a few screws short and the doors don’t fit symmetrically? All very frustrating. 

That got me thinking about salvation. What if my salvation depended on me? What if salvation was a DIY job? Well quite simply I wouldn’t be saved; no one would be saved; no one would be good enough by their own efforts. Our attempts to save ourselves would be frustrating and ultimately a waste of our time and effort. Paul puts it like this, “…There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”. (Romans 3:10-12) 

What hope is there if we can’t save ourselves? Again Paul has something to say:  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Verses 23-24) The same all that have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory are justified by the grace that has come to us through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. It is God’s gift to us. 

I’m so glad that salvation isn’t of my works because if it was anything like my other DIY attempts it would be a disaster. I’m so glad that Jesus was sacrificed ‘once for all’ (Hebrews 7:27) and that his sacrifice is fully sufficient without the need for me to add to it. 

If you are striving to earn God’s love; striving to try and save yourself, then listen to Jesus’ words:  “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 The Message)

Father, help me to rest in Christ and allow him to bring me salvation through his sacrifice for your glory.

Study by Barry Robinson


About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Martin Ryan
Phone:  020 8202 3998
Email:   martin_ryan@wcg.org.uk

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