Have you thought about what you did to deserve life?
You know, like that fateful night between the sheets when your parents put your essential parts together. What contribution did you offer?
Those who are sober will likely admit that they had no role whatsoever in earning, producing, or in any way gaining life. That point was the comparative analogy made recently in Claiming Christ, and I highlight it here for your contemplation.
So it should be reasonable to conclude that your life sparked into flame without any dependence upon you. You simply received life, and gradually became aware of its significance as you graduated from mushed peas to solid food. Without exception, human life is completely unconditional on our involvement.
But what about now? Do you have any contribution to the reality of your existence?
Will your life continue if you abuse yourself, overdose, commit suicide or simply engage in reckless behavior that could have terminal impacts? Is your life conditional in its continuation?
Perhaps you are starting to recognize the issue at hand. Is life conditional or unconditional?
You may wonder why this is relevant. Understandably, life is what it is, so why ask such questions?
I bring it up here to provide a framework onto which an even more complex issue can be considered. It should be reasonable to observe that life is completely unconditional in its origin, but in a limited way it becomes partly conditional in its maintenance. What we do can never contribute to our receipt of such an incredible gift, but it is something that is allowed to impact the retention of that gift.
In this way, life is both unconditional as well as conditional, depending upon what aspect is being considered.
That physical reality of life compares well to the eternal gift of salvation.
Scripture teaches that salvation is unconditional—a gift of God’s grace to the undeserving whom he desires to call his own. But it also teaches that if those whom God calls righteous and declares will be saved, in the end turn away from God and do wicked, they will surely not be saved. Such revelations within the word of God show that salvation is conditional. So which is it: conditional or unconditional?
If you’re not sure, I’d suggest you start back at the top of this post and reconsider how it compares to what we know about life. The nature of our physical life and the promise of eternal life overlay surprisingly well when it comes to understanding what role we contribute to the gift we have been given.