Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
- Galatians 3:3 (NIV)
Do you notice this in our every day life? I am looking for my keys, I saw my little girl with them on Sunday and I am sure that she has hidden them. I am trying not to be angry but I need my keys. I walked around the house for an hour storming around trying to find them. Finally I stopped, prayed, and borrowed my wife's keys. :-) Nope still no sign of them.
Giving up the little things to God is easy; it is when life gets tough that we have issues that we just need to "take care of." We storm about our problem or our situation making decisions making everything based on our own effort.
Salvation is the same way. As humans we have a battle of our free will but it is still difficult to wrap our mind around the fact that we can do nothing good, nothing holy, nothing worthy of heaven. Finding the understanding that for all the good we do are as "filthy rags." We can not be regenerated unless we are chosen, elected, foreknown by God from the beginning of time.
Still ... we have laws and rules that we add, not "conditions" for salvation, but things that a "properly saved Christian does." The battle with legalisms is all around us in every church. Next time you judge someone because their worship is different or you would judge their salvation. Just how foolish are we? I admit, it is hard for me too.