Sunday, July 21, 2013

Our Reason For Salvation

Typically, we seek salvation for one reason; to avoid Hell. We don't want to experience that for eternity, and we're driven to make proselytes of those we care about because we don't want them to face an eternal damnation.
There are exceptions, but that's what it most commonly amounts to; fear. We fear Hell, we fear the wrath of God, we fear death, so we run to the arms of God like a child who is terrified and running to the arms of his/her Dad for comfort. I'm not saying this is a bad thing; we shouldn't want such a condemnation for anyone. We should be driven to our Father, and anything that converges us towards Him is good, even if it's fear of Hell.

But I don't want salvation for that reason.
I want my salvation to be deeper than that. I want your salvation to be deeper than that.

Salvation isn't merely being saved or rescued (by definition it is, but with some analysis it can go much farther). When we cannot save ourselves, salvation's definition alters to become submission to One with the power to save us. The Gospel holds the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). God alone has the power to distribute salvation. When we submit to His power, when we realize Him, and we acknowledge Him in all of our ways, confessing our sin and forsaking it, believing that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for us and was resurrected by God on the third day; that's when we have salvation.
When we decide that, if it meant we would still face the wrath of God en force, and yet still say "not as I will, but as You will," (Matthew 26:39) that's when we have salvation epitomized. Not as a means of escape, but as a means of servitude.
Salvation is obedience to God, and loving God.

I want to believe that there's something that God put in me that could glorify Him, and that's what I want my salvation to do; bring glory to Him. Even if it didn't mean my eternal soul would be saved from Perdition, I would still want my life to reflect the beauty of salvation through Christ to God.

I want my salvation to be more than God blessing me; I want it to be me blessing God because I know that, even if I feel inadequate, I know He made me with the ability to bring honor to Him. He made me to bring honor to Him.
He made you with the ability to bring honor, glory, worship, and praise to Him.

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