Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28
If God the Father chose us and the Holy Spirit set us aside for His holy purposes, then what part do you and I have? In our time here on Earth, there are two parts to our journey: divine sovereignty and human responsibility.
Second Timothy 2:21 says we believers have been “sanctified…and prepared unto every good work.” Another way to say this verse is, “So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”
You have been “sanctified” –set apart for the Master’s purpose—not to sit, soak and sour, but to be obedient to God for what He has for you to do.
Yes, salvation is free, but you must obey. God’s divine sovereignty in choosing us does not nullify our response to His call. You have been saved out of this world, sent back into this world to witness to the world, and that is the only business you have in this world.
Now, you do not work to be saved. You work because you are saved. Someone has said and I agree: “I will not work my soul to save. That work, my Lord has done. But I will work like any slave for the love of God’s dear Son.”