I am not implying that you have to give up your six-figure salary or professional career to reach the gates of heaven. Washing dishes is a lowly job but it contains two important principles behind salvation.
One is humility. We cannot approach God without humility.
The other principle requires something from us that is a bit more challenging. We are to ask for the Lord’s help in both uncovering the “dirt” in our lives and helping us to clean it out. This is why the Lord said that we were to “clean the inside of the cup.”
We all need to become dishwashers – spiritual dishwashers.
I bring this up because there are some Christian doctrines out there that falsely teach that, because of the crucifixion and resurrection, we now only need to approach the Lord through faith rather than adhere to the law of the commandments.
In this doctrinal “misstep” the Lord is said to have taken all our sins upon Himself while on the cross. To use an analogy, this form of cleansing humanity from its sins is like putting all our dirty dishes into an automatic dishwasher, then having them returned to us in a spotless condition (imputation) merely through faith alone.
This doctrine of convenience allows Christians to evade introspection and responsibility. In other words, it allows us to take the position that it is not our problem to get the dirt out of our lives (cups and dishes). But that kind of thinking gives Christians the license to avoid making changes in their lives (as if the Lord’s suffering on the cross could clean up air pollution).
Who doesn’t realize that if an alcoholic does stop drinking nothing has changed? The alcoholic, if he or she truly wants to change must recognize the problem, ask for God’s help, plus offer real resistance to the compulsion.
One is not saved, by continuing one’s transgressions. I can certainly understand that salvation by faith alone is a doctrine that would be favored by a modern, overly busy world, but nothing worth obtaining ever comes without personal effort.
Eternal salvation is worth obtaining!
What have you been taught concerning eternal salvation?