It is almost impossible for anyone today to hear that question without automatically forming a determination of inclusion or exclusion.
Are you “saved” or are you “lost”?
Are you a church-goer or a heathen?
Are you going to heaven or going to hell?
Are you good or are you bad?
Regardless of background, there is an almost universal assumption underlying this question of a clear in-or-out line in the sand designating both an individual’s current and future spiritual status.
“Are you saved?” is such a limiting question because it doesn’t reflect a dimensional picture of someone’s relationship with God. Instead, it immediately compartmentalizes them without hearing where they are in their journey of knowing God.
Too often the message of religion is that you need to get right with God.
The really good news is that God already made things right with you.
In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself*, not counting people’s sins against them. – II Cor.5:19
*Some exclusions apply. See terms and conditions below.
That is what you’ve heard, right? Terms, conditions, exclusions.
The truth is that there is nothing about you or your life that excludes you from what God has done for you.
God’s act of reconciling mankind in Christ demonstrated scandalous love toward everyone – enemies, sinners, the ungodly, and the undeserving – with a one-sided benevolence that is difficult to grasp – an unconditional gift, not just the possibility of salvation.
Salvation is too important to be a once and done decision. To be rescued from the world and its powers, we must turn and keep turning to Christ for the grace to live in the reality of His life.
Salvation, rather than a single act of decision and repentance, is growth in relationship with God – ongoing and continual turning, belief and trust. We are continually responding to the truth of the gospel.
All of life is this process of comprehending the truth as the Spirit enlightens our vision and reveals to us what is real.
My message is the same to the person has never known about Jesus as it is to the person who has spent two thousand Sundays in a church pew.
You are loved and embraced by God.
Are you participating in the life of God the Father, Son, and Spirit?