How Simple Is It?

You’ve heard it said a thousand times, “getting saved is so simple that a child can understand it.”
But I wonder if we aren’t making it more difficult than it is.
What does it take for salvation?
When I was 18 I began to ask myself that same question.
There were some boys in high school that would witness to me about God, but to be honest, I didn’t understand what they were saying.
One young man had me reading out of Isaiah. As an adult I have read Isaiah and I know it’s not for the novice Christian.
A tract called This Was Your Life by Chick Publications reached me.
It told me of my sin and where I was headed, which was a lake of fire.
In the back of the tract was a prayer for salvation that I prayed with all my heart.
At that moment I felt the presence of Jesus forgive my sin and take it away.
So what has brought this thought to me today?
I was reading in Mark chapter 2 where it tells of the story of four men that brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus.
The house where Jesus was speaking was so crowded that it was impossible for the four men carrying one more to get in. Instead they climbed up to the roof, removed a little material and lowered him and his bed by some ropes or something.
It goes on to say when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Mark 2:5
I can only assume that “their faith” was the faith of all five men.
What I do not see is a prayer of salvation like the one I prayed or like I have heard others pray.
It does not contain a minister appealing to a congregation while a choir sings “Amazing Grace”.
It contains the faith of a man and four of his friends to come to Jesus.
What is it that brings salvation?
There is certainly nothing any can do to attain salvation; it is an incredible gift from God.
It is written God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Eph. 2:28, 29 NLT
The salvation message is still as simple as “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31

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