23 October 2017
 
The source of salvation
 
But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy. Titus 3: 4–5
 
As physicians and dentists, we have ‘climbed the ladder’ through all the steps of hard work and study in our early training and through postgraduate education. Hence, our background in medicine and dentistry is very much performance-based. This motivation does not stop once we are in practice. If we want to be successful practitioners, we must perform our duties well. We live and work in a performancebased world.
 
No wonder it is so difficult for us to grasp the fact that the kingdom of God is not ‘performance-based’. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that in order to ‘show our worth as a Christian’, or ‘to earn salvation’, we must be performing well as a Christian also. But the kingdom of God is not like that. Paul reminds us in this verse that our salvation rests solely upon the work of God, not upon what we have done. It is only because of God’s grace and mercy that we can enter the kingdom of God.
 
So for us physicians and dentists, it is very difficult to grasp this fact because there is so little grace and mercy within our materialistic fields. It is not taught within the profession. Nevertheless, the fact is, as we have believed and trusted in Christ, our salvation has already been accomplished, there is
nothing we need do to guarantee it. We are destined for heaven, due solely to his grace and mercy. Such belief and trust in Christ will be demonstrated by what we do and how we behave. (James 2: 17)
 

Read: Titus 3: 1–8; Romans 3: 21–26; Ephesians 2: 8–10.

 
JB