We didn’t save ourselves, salvation is a gift from God. We only believed. (Ephesians 2:8-9) What a blessed day it will be when God’s children stop questioning their gift and produce its fruit. Think of salvation as a garden that God has created. It can bear the most glorious fruit to the praise of His wisdom and ways. He is raising children to be righteous in their ways. Righteousness is the fruit of salvation.
“If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver and gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (1 Peter 1:17-19)
God’s saved children will be judged according to their deeds while living on this earth. He will not favor one over another for His price was the same for each of us. We were created for good works. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. which God prepared before hand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) These works of righteousness, the fruit of salvation, are created through faith in Christ Jesus.
Redeem the time for that day draws closer. “And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:9-10)
It’s plain to see, if your willing to look, that God’s preordained word is being fulfilled. Seeing with eyes of faith strengthens our resolve to work while it is day. (John 9:4)
“Drip down, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds pour down righteousness; let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, and righteousness spring up with it. I the LORD, have created it. (Isaiah 45:8)