One Basket

Guest post by Jebeke Adams

I have often heard that it is unwise to put all your eggs in one basket.  Mostly, I think this is considered financial advice, and perhaps in that context it is wise.  It occurred to me though, in thinking about the death of Christ on my behalf, that when it comes to the safe keeping of my soul there is only one place to rest my faith. One basket. All the eggs.

The Scriptures describe it like this: According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  1 Peter 1:3-5

My faith is only as good as the object in which I place it.  Apart from Christ, I am stuck in my sin.  There is no way for me to be right with God on my own.  “Oh, I’m a good person,” you might think.  Sorry! All the eggs in this basket are broken.  Nothing you or I do could ever be enough to fix what is broken in our relationship with the Creator.  But what Jesus did was enough!  He was without sin, so he could do what we could not.

Perhaps you think that all the baskets are the same. Everyone will get to God one way or another.  Comforting thought; sounds like a good basket.  The problem is that Jesus didn’t leave room for this idea.  He said he was the only way to the Father.  There is salvation in one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved! Acts 4:12

The plan to restore what sin destroyed is God’s plan. It cost him.  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved through faith-and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-6

Hey, NRBC Mom.  If you are watching a little person filling a basket with eggs this weekend, I hope this little illustration might come to your mind.  Ask yourself where you are placing your hope for the life to come.  We all place it in something.  My hope is resting fully on an all-sufficient Savior, a finished work on the cross, and a resurrection!  I will step into eternity one day with all my eggs in this basket. 

I’m going to teach the little chickie in this picture to do the same.