Salvation is of the Lord
"When I first read, “In love he predestined us for adoption,” I was angry. But then I realized I had to respond—either to surrender or to turn away. You can’t have it both ways. Either you let God be God all the way or you choose your own way and try to save yourself. That doesn’t mean I didn’t choose Christ. I did. But who was at work showing me my sin? Showing me my need for Jesus? The question is: who is the first mover? The answer has to be God. The God of the Bible is Yahweh, literally “the God who saves.” Salvation is of the Lord. And when salvation is of the Lord, what are you worried about? You can trust that your heavenly Father has your life all in hand. He knows the beginning from the end." - Jack Miller reflecting on Ephesians 1:4-5.