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There is a tendency to define our relationship with God in a climactic sort of way. Therefore, the focus or emphasis is on making a decision, going forward at an altar call, throwing a stick in the fire, raising your hand or standing in a decisive act of giving in or giving up or acceptance of whatever spiritual challenge is before you.
The problem is that the salvation experience is not just a momentous flash in your life, like connecting with God for a big high five, but most likely is the beginning of a relationship with God. We have overemphasized this moment to such an extent that many believe they now have their ticket to get into heaven. It’s a decision without a lifestyle.
This kind of thinking is where the question emerges, “Are you saved?” or “Have you been saved?” This terminology can be very confusing. What does it mean to be saved? Saved from what? Salvation is so much more than this! For instance, Noah was saved. His salvation was more than spiritual; it was physical.
In my studies, I’ve discovered the following facets of salvation. FIRST: To make wide. In its basic form, salvation is the freedom from being stuck-to be free to be. It seems freedom is the constant theme that makes the good news the Good News. Every person who knows Jesus enjoys the highest level of freedom in knowing and walking with Jesus-simply Jesus.
SECOND: God will come through on your behalf. We are urged to wait and see His mighty deeds. This is what can get anyone through anything-the hope of “everything’s going to be OK.”
THIRD: Safety and security. Salvation allows you to maintain a life unafraid of numerous dangers. FOURTH: Healing. Salvation is accompanied by wholeness-emotional and physical well-being. FIFTH: The proactive presence of God among His people, right here, right now, in the Kingdom.
When someone shares a climactic spiritual decision they have made, no matter the circumstance, don’t diminish it. Celebrate with their decision, however don’t allow them to anchor themselves in that decision as being all they need.
Jesus says something interesting with respect to enjoying your salvation:“I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:7-10) Don’t settle for anything less than this kind of life and lifestyle through the door of Jesus.