“One More Time, Why Were We Saved?”
I suppose it happens to nearly all of us or a least a great number. After we have initially been born again or had a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ at some point we start to not think about it so much and even begin to fall into a routine of life without much intentional pursuit of God and His purpose for our lives. But without an awareness of that purpose guiding and directing our decisions, our words and our actions we can become spiritual dull, and worse a vulnerable prey for the devil’s influence in our lives all of which leads to defeat, destruction and death.
So, why were we saved?
First, we were saved to be restored to life from the death of sin, and to live eternally with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, being transformed to conform to the image of Christ.
Second, we were saved to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, to live and declare the gospel by our words and our deeds.
Third, we were saved to live in fellowship and unity with other believers as one body in Christ, being empowered by the Holy Spirit to strengthen and support one another, encouraging one another in the faith to do the works that Jesus did and greater works because He has gone to the Father.
While we live now, the only thing that matters is what we are doing to fulfill God’s purpose in the world through our Lord Jesus Christ. When we sing, when we worship, when we give, when we encourage, when we exhort when we teach, instruct, correct and affirm, when we show hospitality, when we sacrifice, when we work and when we play, in all these things we are called to glorify God. But we are also called to glorify God in our enjoyment of life. God takes pleasure in our prosperity. God gives us success and He is pleased when we enjoy it.
Think about Him and remember you were called to be His hands and feet, His voice, His arms to embrace and comfort, His heart and mouth to express goodness and love, His mind to bring wisdom, truth and light to the world, to be salt and light to the world and to enjoy the fruit of our labors. This is honorable and pleasing before God.
Read aloud the passages below and let the Holy Spirit speak these words into your heart.
“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light…” Ephesians 5:8
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
“They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. Isaiah 65:22
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:45
“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Romans 12:15
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another…” Romans 12:10
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16
“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.” Proverbs 18:20
“Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.” Ecclesiastes 5:18