For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
How can I save myself? It is not possible to save one’s own life except for surrendering it under duress and threat. If we could save ourselves we would know what and/or whom we need to be saved from? Many people have grown accustomed to living their lives free of threat or danger applied. There are very few who know what it means to have someone threaten their lives. I recall having that threat spoken to me in my youth but I never told my mother or those close to me because I did not fear what had been said. When you have God in your life, you have someone who can secure your life and give you strength to stand up to life threating duress. A believer cannot save themselves but would need to have the Savior who could answer the call and pay the ransom that was required. Our faith is not from our own ability to do anything for ourselves. Our faith comes from strong belief in our Lord who found us in the gutter of our own mess and saved us. We have nothing to establish faith in if we are trying to believe in our own abilities. We would be foolish in that attempt because we would change our allegiance too quickly. When you are good with people, they are usually good towards you. The minute you change your allegiance is when we become enemies. We believe in Christ because He never changes but remains the same no matter what. It is by His unmerited favor given unto us that we have belief and trust in God. There is no other we are willing to give that power to, but Christ. I trust God’s plans for my life and that He will see it to an expected end.