But how often salvation is presented as something "you" can do. Billy Graham wrote a book, years ago, entitled "How to be Born Again." But there is no "how to" to salvation. There is no formula, or technique, or method to salvation. Once it becomes a "how to," it becomes a work, something you decide to do. And so you can boast: "I found it." But the true message of the Christian faith is this - "God found me!" Therefore, no one can boast, except boast of God!
Salvation is like the wind, Jesus says, which is beyond your control and power; it just happens to you, like a cool breeze on a summer evening, by the gracious power of God's love and goodness. It's like birth, Jesus says. You had nothing to do to bring about your first birth, so it is with being born from above, your second birth into the Kingdom. Jesus seems to say that our relationship with God is primarily something God does, rather than what we do. This is why we sing "Amazing Grace." It is amazing because salvation is all so unexpected, unearned, and undeserved. So we come to church not to earn any merit with God; we do not do a Lenten discipline to earn points with God, we come and we do to testify to the heart of the Christian life: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow!"
All the best through Christ,
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,Christ in my mouth to everyone I speak,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Patrick
Happy St. Patrick's Day