Can I relax and enjoy what God has done?

Originally published Wednesday, 18 June 2014.

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. Romans 10:9 (MSG)

I love travelling. 

I try to take a trip to a new country every year. 

I like to see a country the way a local does which means taking a bus or a train, it means sampling Balut or Baklava or whatever else the delicacy of the area is. 

I used to think that to travel like this I needed to go it on my own. I needed to wear my backpack like a badge of honour. I would wander trying to discover which train to catch when I couldn’t even decipher the alphabet of the country let alone speak the language. 

When I backpacked on my own I spent more time figuring out where I was, and how to make my way to the next place, then I spent taking in the sights. 

This kind of travel felt like hard work. 

Then Xylon and I accidentally discovered what I term “assisted backpacking” where you travel like a local with a local guide and around six other travellers. 

The guide does all the work. He bargains for bus fares, and sorts out places to sleep, and translates my order so I get lamb instead of intestines.

It’s backpacking without the stress. 

Basically all I need to do is show up and follow the guide. It sounds to good to be true.

Sometimes salvation sounds too good to be true too. 

Is it really possible to just say, “Jesus is my Master” and then do nothing? (tweet this)

Romans 10:9 says Jesus has already done everything to make me right with God. 

From the moment I embraced Jesus and said, “Yes, I’ll follow you anywhere,” my salvation was complete. 

Sometimes I make my relationship with Jesus complicated. I add all kind of good things (like praying three times a day or reading through the bible) to try and be a “better” Christian. 

Before I know it living and loving Jesus is salvation plus prayer and bible reading and feeding the poor. These are all good things but they don’t save me. 

I’m learning that like trusting that my guide knows a country better than me that I can trust Jesus to take care of my salvation without my help. 

Jesus will take care of everything all I have to do is follow him. 

If it sounds too good to be true that is Jesus + nothing. (tweet this)

Ponder: Do you believe that Christianity is Jesus + Nothing?

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for doing EVERYTHING for me. 

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