Selfish Salvation


Are you familiar with John 14:12? It has become one of my new favorite scriptures. It says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

I've referenced the scripture before in the Call Me Curious blog, when I challenged you to cast aside the weight that so easily beset you so that you could run the race that is set before you. (Hebrews 12:1)

Part of running this race, is our healing and our growth as humans on this planet. God wants us to be the best version of ourselves so that we can experience the fullness of His Love, His Grace, and His Power. We get to have a piece of God in our hearts, manifested as the Holy Ghost to help us live a separated and holy life...so that we can bring others to the fullness of God's Love, God's Grace, and God's Power.

Don't get me wrong your salvation is for you first, but it's for everyone else too. Think of it this way, when we are born again into the faith, we are born spiritually CPR Certified. God has given us, by way of our experiences with Him, the tools and abilities to help others and to restore life. This is a major reason why having a faith community is important, because we heal each other in part by, "the word of [our] testimony" (Rev 12:11).

If you've ever been hurt, disappointed, overwhelmed, bitter, or unforgiving and God healed you, you have a powerful testimony and the ability to give the gift of healing to someone else.

If you've ever been betrayed, consumed with guilt or anger, heartbroken, or delivered from an impossible situation, you too have a powerful testimony and the ability to give the gift of deliverance to someone else.

At the very least, we know that prayer is a way to communicate with God, that spiritual power comes with authority and responsibility and that God heals, sets free, and delivers.

Yet, we often find ourselves hiding our faith in fear and embarrassment because, our faith isn’t cool. It isn’t popular. It doesn’t bend to the will of our feelings or the opinions of others. We are appreciative enough of God’s faithfulness to us, that we are content to believe as long as it doesn’t visibly inconvenience us or make those around us uncomfortable.

Why is that?

One of the most powerful interviews about faith, that moves me every time I watch it, is Kathy Lee Gifford's interview with Megyn Kelly after Billy Graham's death. You can watch the full interview here, but she says something that you may or may not have heard before. When asked why she is so bold about her faith she says, "If you had the cure for cancer, would you keep it quiet? Or would you hold it and keep it a secret.... I always say, I have the cure for the malignancy of the soul. And He has a name, and His name is Jesus." Kathy Lee Gifford on national daytime television gave a call to Christ boldly and unashamedly because she's experienced God so profoundly that she couldn't possibly keep it to herself.

God came down in the flesh, as Jesus so that we "might have life, and that [we] may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) And part of what we are to do, with this life that Christ died to give us more abundantly, is share that life with others.

How?

1. You can testify.

Tell of the goodness of Jesus and all that He's done for you. Give space in your conversation for God to lead and look for opportunities to share salvation.

2. Let your light shine.

Be different. Live your life so that others see the Christ in you. Make them wonder why you're able to go through with a smile. Show them how God covers and comforts you by living your faith out loud.

3. Be ready.

1 Peter 3:15 says, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" Do you know the sinner's prayer? I have dedicated a page on this website to walk someone through it if you don't. You can find it here. You want to be able to bring someone into the family of God, and explain to them how God loves them and why a life dedicated to Him is important.

When we withhold the good news from those in our circles of influence, we are acting a bit selfishly. Even when we fall, we have the knowledge of Christ, and access to His forgiveness and comfort. Though we sometimes take for granted that He's there, those who have yet to be born again, don't have that same access.

We have the cure to the malignancy of the soul, who are we to withhold it from those who need it?

I want to challenge you to look for opportunities to bring someone to Christ this week. Share the good news! It will bless you just as much as it saves them.


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