I have been spending the week in Provo going door to door encouraging people to visit the website beyeperfect.org. The people have been very courteous. I have met some very nice people and have had some good discussions. It has been a wonderful experience. Many sincerely thanked us for our message. Some were eager to hear more.
But I left some people with a great feeling of sadness. As I write this I can think of the faces of various people I talked with. They listened attentively and asked probing questions. But they also stated with conviction that they had to do their part to be saved. They were honestly taken aback by the thought that salvation and eternal life were entirely a gift of God.
I think of those people with sadness because the Bible is so clear that any reliance on our works ruins salvation. “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” (Romans 11:6) That is so serious. Such a mixture of grace and works is a formula for experiencing the eternal and total misery of hell.
As I walked away after having another one of those conversations I prayed that the Lord would open their eyes to the full gospel – the message that Jesus has done everything for us. I prayed that when they struggled with sin and realized that they couldn’t abandon sin that they would remember our conversation and the message that Jesus was perfect in their place, as their Substitute. I pray that the Lord will cause the seeds of God’s Word that we planted in Provo this week to grow in their hearts so that they will trust completely in Jesus’ works for salvation and enjoy eternal happiness in his presence.