Steering a Safe Path
Is there a safe path through danger?
Although we may be trusting in Jesus Christ for our salvation, we face the dangers of presumption and of pride. Presumption says, “I am saved by grace. I need do nothing more. I show my faith by being passive.” Pride says, “Look at me. See how I am progressing in my holiness. ‘I thank God I am not like other men’ (Luke 18:11).”
Neither of these attitudes are befitting of a Christian. We ought to seek holiness in our actions and relationships, but to do so with faith in God and with humility. We ought to remind ourselves of the great grace of our Lord Jesus Christ toward us, but remember that He saved us “for good works” not passivity (Ephesians 2:8-10). That is to steer a safe path through danger..
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
For more reflections on this passage, see the corresponding reading in my book Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days.
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.