I mentioned in my PM sermon (Ephesians 2:1-10) on Sunday that Salvation was kinda like winning the lottery. Of course, instead of being about Luck, it’s about Love.
We can’t deny you have to do something–Faith (which includes repentence, obedience, baptism (yes, I am one of those old-fashioned legalists who believes that salvation occurs in baptism and leaves all exceptions/questions to God)) but what we actually do is puny compared to what we received.
We pay a couple of bucks for a lottery ticket and win millions.
You don’t win if you don’t play.
You HAVE to do SOMETHING to be saved but it does not compare at all to what God does for us.
(Disclaimer: I am not endorsing or promoting playing the lottery. I learned the 5 Deadly Sins for Church of Christ youth while growing up and know that dancing, drinking, smoking, pre-marital sex, and gambling will send you directly to hell without passing go and that avoiding these deadly sins is the most important thing for youth.)