Grasping at Straws (Part 1)

There is an old expression, “grasping at straws” that I have come to a greater appreciation of this past week.
As a refresher to those of us who haven’t heard this expression in a while, I went ahead and pulled out its definition.

Grasping at straws - This idiom (expression) refers to a drowning person grabbing any floating object, even a straw, to save themselves.

Person in Water Clutching Pieces of Wood
This could very easily become a blog post about the vain and worthless things people grasp at in a pointless attempt to save themselves from God’s judgment.
Though this is not the direction I am heading, it would be foolish of me to pass by this opportunity to highlight the beautiful truth of the gospel.

So, I have decided to break up this post in two parts, for in the grasping at straws, there is two sides we have to consider.

First, we must consider the side of those who are not believers. Whether you are a believer, consider yourself a believer or have nothing or want nothing to do with Christianity, I beg you to read on.

This is the gospel.

We all have sinned. Sin is anything we think, say or do that goes against God’s holy nature. Holy means to be sinless, perfect and whole.
All of us fall short of God’s perfect standard. We all have lied, stolen, hated others and coveted things that aren’t ours. If we think we aren’t as bad as murderers, think again. Jesus said to hate someone is as murder in God’s eyes. In that case, I’ve killed many a person.

The punishment for sin is death and eternal separation from God in a horrible place Hell. This is a place of eternal judgment, torture and fire.
We can’t earn favor in God’s eyes. We’ve broken His law and we are guilty before the Judge of all the earth. We are heading to God’s prison without parole and no chance of one.

Yet, God in His mercy, grace and love, sent Jesus, His one and only Son, down to this earth.
Jesus lived the perfect life we could not live and spilled His blood on the cross for my sins and yours. He died a horrible death on that cross for you, for me, a death we deserved.
Yet, He did not stay dead. Three days later He rose again and is now at the right hand of the Father.

Cross on High Mountainside

All who receive Jesus as Lord & Savior, repenting of their sins, will be saved. Those who are saved are given the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of them. They are given a new heart with new desires, desires to honor God with their lives. They are continually made more like Jesus through the process of sanctification, which in simpler words, means becoming more like Jesus, holy as He is holy. We are declared not guilty the moment of salvation, for Jesus has paid our fine. Yet, sanctification takes a lifetime. We still wrestle with the shattered remnants of the sinful nature the rest of our lives until the Lord calls us home.
One day, all believers shall spend eternity with their Savior when He calls them to be with Him in the joys of Heaven.

If you are grasping at the straws of your own good works, self-righteousness, religious piety or an attitude that is putting this off till it is more convenient, I beg of you, don’t waste another moment. Repent of your sin today and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior!

Don’t grasp at straws for your salvation, take hold of the Savior’s hand!

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, 'Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.' For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' " - Romans 10:9-13

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Grasping at Straws (Part 2)