The more I talk amongst fellow believers, the more I realize how common it is for us to question our salvation. After one person shares their testimony and defines the pivotal moment in their life, everyone else starts thinking about their own one defining moment. And when they can’t put their finger on it, they begin to question whether it ever really happened.
As Christians, we’ve created an idea that the template of salvation includes that one magical prayer that changed everything.
The template of salvation isn’t about the prayer. The template of salvation is about Jesus, and Jesus only.
In Romans we are told “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved…For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” While this is all so true and beautifully perfect, we have a tendency to flip the focus of this declaration towards ourselves and away from Jesus. We focus on the words we spoke when we confessed, the place we knelt, and our “spiritual birthdate”. Getting caught up in the details of our “saving moment” leads us to question whether we were ever saved at all.
If you believe in your heart that Jesus has the power to save you and that he used that power to save you, your salvation has happened. Your salvation is real.
Our tendency to repeatedly ask for Christ’s salvation almost seems insulting to who He is. If I were Jesus, I would wonder why we weren’t believing and trusting in His promises.
Salvation is never about who we were with or what words we spoke or when or how we laid down our own lives before the cross. It’s not about what we do, it’s about what He already did.
Because of His beautiful sacrifice, all we have to do is acknowledge our inability to save ourselves and believe in His sole ability to do what we can’t.
Even this belief requires His unending grace, though. Some days our faith is unshakeable and strong, and then we reach a valley, where our unbelief is terribly tried.
We NEED Jesus.
We, outright, cannot do anything on our own. Jesus knows every last thing about us–things we don’t even know about ourselves–and loves us still. Whether we come to him for the very first time or for the thousandth, He rejoices in our dependency on Him. He celebrates our needs.
Come as you are to Him. Bare your soul. Don’t worry about what you’re going to say or how you’re going to remember the moment. It’s not about having the right words or being the right person.
It’s about grace, only grace.
This beautiful hymn speaks of the call to a sinner to receive Christ.