Luke 10:25-37

Luke 10:25-37

Do you know why we're saved today? Do you know why we were picked up off the side of the street rather than being left for dead? Because God had mercy. Not because we deserved it. Not because we earned it...but He had mercy.Do you realize there is not a man, woman, or child alive on the face of this planet who deserve anything from God, other than His rejection and being sent to hell? If we get what we deserve — and I thank God that we do not get what we deserve every time — if we got what we deserve, there would be no one alive to stand with God from the human race. From Adam, all the way through to every person alive on the earth today, have lived in sin and have been separated from God and are deserving of being cast away…

You know what? I’m a believer. I asked Jesus into my life, and I still understand today that I do not deserve this great blessing that I’ve received. I understand it to be God’s great mercy to us…

Do you know why we’re saved today? Do you know why we were picked up off the side of the street rather than being left for dead? Because God had mercy, not because we deserved it, not because we earned it, not because we are His children and He has to give us this inheritance, but He had mercy. He desires to show us mercy, and He desires for us to show one another mercy…

Salvation doesn’t come through cleverness. Salvation doesn’t come because we deserve it. Salvation comes because of a merciful God, and He has asked us to step out into this world and make brothers and sisters for ourselves. To live in a way with our neighbor that they know what salvation is because we have shown mercy to them. That we have engaged them in a relationship that doesn’t look down on them because of their sin, does not look down on them because of who they are or what they’ve done, but shows mercy because God showed mercy to us. Not everyone that we encounter will be saved, not everyone that we know and have shared the gospel with will respond in the way that we want them to respond, but that’s not our place… It is up to us to take the knowledge that He has given to us and share it mercifully with those that we encounter. Instead of judging and condemning and placing a burden on people, and saying, “When you’ve done X amount of work, then you can be saved.” We need to be honest and say, “But for the grace of God…”

You know what? I should be lost. I should be left on the side of the road, but God didn’t abandon me. God has loved me. God has forgiven me many, many, many times over, and God desires for me to do the same. To love and to forgive and to show mercy from the littlest of them to the oldest of them. And He has asked each one of us to allow His Holy Spirit to do that through us.

Dave Elkins