Salvation to me is essentially a gift from God. Like not just a regular gift but THE gift. The ultimate gift of eternal life. It’s not just a reward for being a Christian, it is a privilege. The Lord doesn’t owe us anything, we don’t deserve this life. But we deserve Him, He put each of us on this earth to do so many things for His Kingdom. But, then when our time is up here on earth, we spend forever with Him in Heaven. How cool is that? Me, a sinner, a girl who is a mess has the privilege to spend eternal life with God the Father? Yes, a million times yes because I choose to have the Lord enter into my life, I choose to live a life for Him and only Him. I choose to commit a life that is pure, just, and lovely. I use the word “choose” because I decided that, the Lord didn’t make me, I decided freely. And I don’t use the word “get to” because I don’t just get to go to Heaven, it is not like some cool event my parents are letting me go to. It is an eternal destination, my first home. The place where I will find infinite joy, love and happiness. The place where pain and suffering cease to exist.
Growing up I kept God in the gift box, I only opened that box for church on either Saturday nights or on Sunday mornings. Right after church I closed that box. I didn’t really talk to Him, I prayed but not the good and impactful kind of praying. I prayed like this.. Dear God, please keep my family safe and don’t let anything bad happen to them. Thank you Amen.
When I went to high school a friend invited me to youth group. I let God out of the box for that but then I still closed it when I went home. However, I was still searching. I went on my first out of state mission trip when I was a sophomore. It completely changed my life. I gave my life to Christ during that week. I was then, able to open the God gift box for good, but I still wasn’t sure how to work this whole thing. I didn’t really understand where I was in my walk with the Lord until I went to Manhattan Christian College. I was able to make huge progress and completely cross that line from death to life, to complete the cross. I wasn’t right next to Him, and truthfully I still am not. But, I am working on it.
No matter how many times I turn my back, He never does. No matter how many times I try to ignore Him, He never does. No matter how many times I want to leave, He never does. He is here with me ALL the time, He knows my thoughts, He knows what I am going to do before I even do it. He knows all things, but He still allows me to choose, to make that choice of having eternal life. That is why I think salvation is a gift. Because it is not a metal that I won, or a certificate that I earned. It is literally a gift that the Lord wants to give each of us, you can either open that gift box, or never open it. It is only up to you to decide.
“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 with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved”.