“Have You Been Saved Lately?”

Saved-from-Drowning-Article-862x431Let me clarify what I mean. In Christianity, saved most often describes the experience of salvation from sin’s death penalty—through faith in the self-sacrifice of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

But, what if we need saving more than once? Not from sin’s penalty (I only need conversion once), but from sin’s power? Today I was reminded of God’s readiness to save me from sin’s seductive power; from making a poor choice that would have hurt me.

How did I rediscover God’s readiness to save from everyday pitfalls? I asked. Specifically. I prayed something like this: “O Lord, you have all the resources of a creator at your disposal. The undertow of this particular sin is pulling me somewhere I don’t want to go. I can’t break free on my own. Please show me the way out.” While still in the midst of the conversation, I sensed a strength outside of myself. It was James 4:8 proving true—“Draw near to God and God will draw near to you.” In Jesus’ drawing near, his strength overcame my weakness.

It was that simple. He is that faithful. Not that the deliverance is always that quick. But it is certain. The more you test God (by asking, seeking, knocking, Matthew 7:7), the more you realize He is real. He is present. He is God. And, “…he is not far from each one of us.” Acts 17:27

Christians need saving too.

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

About the Author
Dan Wegryzn is Senior Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church.

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