This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 1 John 5:2
SADLY, SOME PEOPLE ONLY SEEK SALVATION
There is a song that people in even the most remote countries can probably sing verbatim… “I can’t get NO satisfaction…” have you ever heard it? You are probably singing it right now! “Though I’ve tried… and I’ve tried…” What is on my heart today to share with you is that too many Christians are seeking an eternal satisfaction and not a relationship love eternal with God their Father. If one was seeking the eternal love of God- would they go clubbing, indulging, drugging, sleeping around, cheating, lying, murdering? If they had GOD LOVING THEM as their #1 thought- how would they (we) be different?
There is a thinking process among some men and women and that is what I like to call, “the eternal salvation mindset” it is the mindset that states: “Oh… if I could JUST get to heaven when I die! What do I need in order to evade death… YEAH baby, JESUS=ETERNITY? SIGN ME UP!” While salvation is in fact a GUARANTEE for those who LOVE God and have made Jesus Christ first place in their lives , I must inform you that just praying a prayer and having good intentions IS NOT ENOUGH to enter into the Kingdom of God. We must learn how to WALK in love one to another- but especially in the LOVE OF GOD! Does He LOVE you? Does He LOVE what it is you are doing? How you are living? We need not be so focused on eternal salvation (get out of jail free) that we forget that there is NO salvation APART from love! What do you desire most… eternal life OR eternal love?
As I was thinking about this the other day, I began to think about the fact that the Bible says that God is LOVE and that in HIM we have been given eternal LIFE. I also began to wonder in this TIME 4 A CHANGE series, what would happen if we made a mental shift and changed our point of view when it came to salvation from “eternally saved” to “eternally loved”. I am not suggesting that we throw out the teaching of “salvation” ALL TOGETHER, but what I AM suggesting is that we as soul winners should begin considering reaching out to the downtrodden with a message of “the eternal LOVE” that will become their new identity as a believer. LOVED forever!!
There is a danger found in the eternal salvation mindset, that danger is that there are far too many of us who attempt “to get away with” things that are sinful, just so they can pray for deliverance and be forgiven enough to “stay saved”. Let me tell you, living life by scheming your salvation is a sin. It is not fearing God, and it is not a salvation that is walked out by love.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:21
In all honesty, I don’t know that when I became a Christian that I was looking for eternal “salvation”. I wasn’t that smart! I didn’t think beyond today! When I went to Jesus I went for LOVE. I knew I didn’t want to go to hell (so that was definitely a bene- but it wasn’t the focus of my cry), LOVE was what I wanted- and to BE LOVED FOREVER.
BEING LOVED FOREVER
Can you imagine it? Forget about plain old “existing” forever… what about being LOVED forever and ever and ever… Imagine all those hugs and kisses and embraces you have longed for, but now you have the reality of love ETERNAL! The Bible says in Jude 1:21 that we are to KEEP ourselves in the LOVE OF GOD. I am not talking about just loving HIM, I am talking about- are you doing what it takes to MAKE SURE you know HE LOVES YOU? How do we KNOW God loves us? By keeping His commandments, seeking His Word to be our Word, doing the “do’s” of Christianity and not doing the don’ts!
“Well done My good and faithful servant!”
What being a “Christian” means to me:
- A person who loves others in spite of their differences or faults
- A person who gives regardless of how much they may have
- A person who chooses to spend time with God as a relationship and not a religion
- A person who thinks God type thoughts i.e.: God-provision (How would Christ think about provision?), God-initiative (What would Christ do in this case?), God -results (what is the outcome going to be if I continue on in faith?)
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO BEING A CHRISTIAN THAN “JUST SALVATION”
Let us not take salvation to a “ho-hum” place. It is a REMARKABLE and truly UNDESERVED thing, and yet we get to walk on into the Glory WITH Christ, simply by walking in God’s LOVE… how awesome is that! In today’s day and age we have been taking salvation for granted, but what about love? Is love something that ministers to you? DO YOU DESIRE LOVE FOREVER?
I am sure that it probably is a mind bender, asking others to think “out-side the box” of what we have focused on for soooo long. SALVATION – SALVATION – SALVATION. What I am here today to encourage you, my readers is that God has an ETERNAL LOVE for you. This frog puzzle picture is how I like to look at salvation, in its completed state it looks like a frog… but there are so many pieces of life that make up the frog! Salvation is CERTAIN for those who walk in LOVE- but for those who treat it like a guarantee… well you might end up at the end looking more like a toad!
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Matt 7:21-23
SOME PUZZLE PIECES OF OUR SALVATION: (FRUITS OF OUR LIFE THAT MOVE US INTO SALVATION)
Galatians 5:23 says that against these nine things, THERE IS NO LAW. Which means that when we operate our lives in these areas… well, THERE IS NO LAW! Hallelujah! No physical law of limitations, no death with its sting… COMPLETE AND UTTER FREEDOM which moves us into the perfected LOVE OF SALVATION! Now THAT’S the kind of salvation I am talking about! An eternity spent in LOVE!
God bless you friends as you continue to seek God with your whole heart, looking to Him for a love that never ceases- living your lives according to receiving and giving love to our Father in heaven! He loves US! OH how he LOVES us and He will FOREVER more!
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