What Sign Are You Standing Under?

My son is wrestling with his faith.  Don't we all?  Well, I didn't so much wrestle with it as I rebelled against it.  But I know what he's going through.  Right now he's trying to make sense of the gift of salvation. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 states, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."

What then, is all this obedience you read about in the bible?  Isn't that works?  My son asks some difficult questions.  Sadly, teaching is not a great strength of mine.  Answers to those questions don't just flow from my mind onto my tongue.  I didn't know how to explain the difference in a way that made sense to him.

A few days later I was meeting with a group of women and Tammy just so happened to be speaking about Godly obedience.  She read an excerpt from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and when she was finished reading she said, "What sign are you standing under?"  The one that says, "I obey, therefore I'm saved." or "I am saved, therefore I obey."  "Obedience to God is a thank offering for God's sacrifice on the cross, not a way to heaven."

I went home and made this sign and shared it with my son.  Short, sweet and to the point.  I could see the lightbulb turn on in his brain.  What a privilege it is to walk alongside my children as they learn, grow and wrestle.


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