“I’m trying to do better.”That’s the answer I give to my dental hygienist when she asks about my flossing. What else can you do when they look in your mouth and discover that your flossing habits aren’t the best? As a pastor I can’t lie! So I’ve learned to say, “I’m trying to do better.”
Sincerity is all-important. We must be sincere, but “I’m trying to do better” isn’t a good answer when asking about salvation. It means that you may not understand the very basis of salvation. It has nothing to do with our efforts (praise God), it’s all grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Our salvation is based on the simple promise of God: Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. This is the promise, guaranteed by the Word of God. There is no fear, no worry once we realize that all we must do is believe.