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Salvation is a gift that we must steward. Managing it is not a matter of losing it, but a matter of sharing it with others. And God will go to great and mighty lengths for your good, so you can be His ambassador for Christ.
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Jonah - Salvation - Belongs - Lord - Jonah
Jonah said salvation belongs to the Lord (Jonah 2:9). There is no doubt about his statement. Salvation is God’s, and He can choose to do with it what He wants. Salvation does not belong to us.
Though Jonah messed up in several ways, he was not entirely off his rocker when it came to how he thought about God and His salvation. Jonah was a prophet, so we cannot dismiss his life because he made a mistake and his mistake made it into the canon of Scripture. Praise God for His grace.
God - Others - Mistake - Others - Mistake
What if God or others dismissed you because you made a mistake? How awful. What if you rejected others because they made a mistake? Even more terrible. The mature Christian will find the good in a person’s life and learn from it, which is why we can learn from our brother, Jonah?
He tells us salvation belongs to Yahweh, the covenant-keeping LORD God. Salvation is His, and if we receive it, there is no question we have received a gift; it is an unearned (unmerited) gift (Ephesians 2:8).
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Manage - Gift
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