I am sure that must of us have seen a lifeguard (Baywatch doesn’t count) at the beach or at a swimming pool. Their main responsibility is to see to the safety of the swimmers. And every lifeguard knows you can’t save someone as long as he is trying to save himself. If somebody is drowning and flailing around in panic, Every lifeguard knows to just stay back for a few seconds and wait until he gives up. Because if you try to save him while he’s trying to save himself, he will pull you under, too. When he finally gives up and relaxes, you put your arm around him and just swim back to shore. It’s really quite easy.
When it comes to saving ourselves spiritually, the majority of people are trying to save themselves by: Attending church, trying to follow the Golden Rule. keeping the Ten Commandments, and being a good person in general. But the fact is no one can save themselves no matter how hard they try. You have got to quit trying to do it yourself. You’ve got to relax. You need to let go and let God be God.
“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)