A famous Woody Allen quote is “80% of life is showing up.” Interestingly, in relation to our salvation, the percentage of our “showing up” is zero! How do we know? Well first, of all, we read in Romans 3:10 that there is “none righteous, not even one,” and in verse 11 that “none seeks after God.” So, left to our own devices, we are simply not interested in showing up.
Consider the example of Abraham. When God entered the covenant with him in Genesis 15, where was the father of the nation of Israel? Asleep (verse 12)! So much for Abe showing up!
Jesus drove this point home in John 6:44: “No man can come to me except the Father who sent me draw him.” The Greek word for “draw” is ἑλκύω, (helkuo), translated “to draw, drag off, lead, impel.” It’s the same word used in John 21:6,11 to draw the net full of fish into the boat, and in Acts 21:30 of Paul being dragged out of the temple. Did the fish want in the boat, or did Paul want to be forcibly removed from the temple? I don’t think so!
Here’s the glorious truth contained in this 0%: after describing the panoply of individuals who will not inherit the kingdom of God in 1 Cor. 9-10, the apostle Paul closes the thought with these blessed words in verse 11“..and such were some of you. But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
No, we didn’t show up. But God did!