Wisdom From a Hospital Bed

I suspect that when most people go to visit someone in a hospital bed, they anticipate trying to minister to the ailing one through their presence, words, and prayer. They probably do not expect to walk away having received words of wisdom.
A few months ago, my expectations were turned upside down as I visited a fellow Christian in the hospital. As we talked, our conversation turned to the scriptures. It was not long before she interjected into our conversation:
“You don’t work to be saved,
you are saved to work.”
How aptly spoken! How beautifully faithful to the Scriptures! What a wonderful thought to guide our perspective toward serving God in the new year!
This simple expression steers us away from a number of pitfalls which God’s people can easily fall into, as it directs us toward a healthy perspective of our spiritual life. May we live up to the calling God has given us as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12; Eph. 4:1).

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Barry Newton

Married to his wonderful wife Sofia and a former missionary in Brazil, Barry enjoys trying to express old truths in fresh ways. They are the parents of two young men.

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