I was driving home Saturday morning with the music up (as usual) and just letting my thoughts flow with the music, the scenery and any other thing that popped into my mind.
I was listening to Hillsong (love it!) and Salvation is Here came on. I have gotten to the point I will skip this track because this song has been a youth camp anthem for a couple years, and I am a little burned out, but for some reason I just went along with it and continued singing.
I actually listened to the lyrics and was allowed the opportunity to get to listen to God reveal a little truth to me that, for some reason, I just hadn’t gotten until then.
We tend to see salvation as the one and done act of our accepting Christ as our only hope of an eternal life with God, surrendering our life to him, and receiving the gift of Salvation. It is true that we only need ask for salvation once, because when God accepts us as His child, he will never let go again.
But there is so much more.
Dictionary.com defines salvation as:
1. The act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.
2. The state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
3. A source, cause, or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
4. Theology. deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption.
Yes, Salvation is huge. It is an unbelievable, undeserved, un-repayable gift. It is the saving of our soul from an eternity separated from God in a hell we can’t imagine.
Salvation is available to us every morning that we wake up struggling with something we just can’t let go of.
Salvation is available to us every time we can’t get past the hurt that someone else has done us.
Salvation is available for those times we said something we shouldn’t , and hurt someone we love.
Salvation is available for each and every habit we can’t seem to break, relationship we damage, sin that hinders us, and hurt that holds us down.
When did we forget that God is good all the time? He wouldn’t offer us the gift of eternal life, His love, His protection, His blessings, and not also give us a way out from under those things that threaten to suffocate and separate us from knowing Him here and now. The gifts and fruits of salvation began the day we declared Him Lord over all we are and will ever be.
We have to be strong enough and brave enough to reach for it over and over.
“Salvation is here and He lives in me.”
We have the power and the ability to break down every strong hold, give up every sin, and take captive every thought. We have the power do to it through Christ. And he wants to keep on, as the first definition of salvation says: “protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc” all who call on Him.
He loves you. So much.
What do you need salvation from today? What is keeping you from taking that next, deeper step in your relationship with Christ?
Jesus longs to protect you from those things that keep you from experiencing the true depth of His love.
Bring them to Him today. Lay them down at His feet. Salvation is there.
"My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure" Psalm 71:15