Salvation is a gift, and even when we preserve or endure there is no credit to us. People are always distracted by self- importance: what we can say and what we can do. Nothing we can do seems to be anything more than a filthy rag, but there is always faith. Half-saved is what results when people do not believe, and half saved is lost.
Then they said to him, What must we do, to be doing the works of God? Jesus answered them, This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.
Faith needs no partner
If we see the way Christ paved for us we will recognize that tales about our performance and acquisitions – obedience and knowledge – are lies that keep us pinned under the burden of darkness. Work hard at believing the truth because it frees completely. This is not a halfway business deal. Christ frees us as we take God’s work seriously and without distraction.