May 31, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Matthew 5:1-16
It shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Act 2:21 KJV)
God the Father doesn’t want anyone to perish. He has provided for our salvation by sending His Son Jesus to earth to be the sacrifice for our sins. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus makes it possible for us to be rescued from sin and Satan. When we realize our perilous situation and call out for help, Jesus reaches down to save us.
Our key verse indicates that we must want to be saved. We must desire salvation. We must call out and reach up and Jesus will respond by reaching down to rescue us.
What causes us to call out? Isn’t it when we are at our lowest point in life? When we know we cannot help our self? We realize that we need help. This is humility. It is an honest evaluation of our sinfulness.
Another characteristic of a person who calls to out to Jesus is a person who is sorry for their sins. They mourn their lawbreaking. Instead of laughing at the escapes from the law they cry in sorrow at having displeased God.
A person who reaches out to Jesus to be saved is a person who is meek. His brokenness causes him or her to be gentle and submissive rather than stubborn and stiff-necked. This person is willing to give their life a living sacrifice to the Savior.
A hunger and thirst after righteousness will characterize a person reaching out for God. Without a hunger for the Bread of Life and a thirst for the Living Water no one will be saved.
The closer we walk to our Savior, the more saved we become since salvation is a relationship. If we turn away from Jesus and walk our own way or in the way of the enemy we will lose that relationship and the possibility of being saved.
Salvation is an event. Romans 10:9…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. This is the event of salvation.
Salvation is a process. Philippians 2:12…therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. This is the process of being saved.
Salvation is a deeper journey into the Kingdom of God. Acts 14:22…they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” When we are faithful through tribulations our relationship with Jesus grows deeper and more intimate.
Salvation is a culmination. Matthew 24:13…But he who endures to the end shall be saved. When we put off this body in death or when Jesus comes again the second time our salvation will be complete.
How saved are you? Are you daily putting off the old man and putting on the new? Are you crucifying self, taking up your cross, and following Jesus as He said? As we reach out to Jesus he saves us and continues to save us and praise God someday if we are faithful to the end our salvation will be complete.