It’s a huge mistake to try to simplify God. He is complex and our relationship with Him is complex. We are called to live in different ways at the same time. We are His servant and friend. We stand in awe and dance with joy. We humble ourselves and walk boldly into the throne room.
When we narrow the definition of salvation to one aspect, we fail in other areas of our relationship with Him. We can’t just say that life in the kingdom is focused on humility. Must you be humble? Yes! Humility is foundational to salvation. God says, I dwell in the high and holy place with him who has a contrite and humble spirit. (Isa 57:15) That’s enough right there to make you want to live humbly.
But God does not want us afflicting ourselves with guilt either. He wants us to live the in the freedom of salvation. He forgives and forgets. He wants to bless, so he calls us to come boldly unto the throne of grace. (Heb 4:16) That’s His idea.
So how do we do that? How do we live in the balance between humility and boldness? We confess our sins when we know we need to. We live thankfully for all that God is to us. We receive His blessing with joy and the knowledge that we are privileged children. We allow Him to help us walk with Him. There’s where the balance comes from.