The Foremost Thing that We Need to Do in Order to be Saved
Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano
LL MEN NEED TO BE SAVED.God is offering salvation to all men.However, God has set ways andmeans to attain salvation. God doesnot want us to consider only what we want. Apparently, this is the flaw of many religions today – they follow their own selves only. And yet, they are still expecting forsalvation.
Let us instill in our minds that we cannever be saved if we will only do whatever we think is righteous in our service to God.This is what St. Paul said in
Romans 10:2- 3, 1
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according toknowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and goingabout to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that theymight be saved.”
St. Paul prayed for the salvation of those who did not want to submitthemselves to the righteousness of God, because they were not amongstthe candidates for salvation. Why? Because they followed only their ownrighteousness! That is why, in our service to God, it is imperative that youset aside your own righteousness. This is, actually, one of Christ’sadmonitions to those who want to serve Him.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him denyhimself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Did you see the foremost requisite set by Christ if you want to serve Him?It is self-denial! You have to deny yourself of so many things, you have to bear your cross daily, and you have to follow Him. That is why service toGod means self-denial. You have to set aside your own beliefs, your ownperceptions, and your own opinions. Such should not prevail in yourservice to God. All men have their own thinking; they have their own plansin life; they have their own priorities; they have their own principles; they have their own attitudes. But in our service to God, we should not let thosethings rule over us.
“To turn aside the right of man before the face of the most High ...”