Why is Salvation Not Enough?

Why is Salvation Not Enough?

The apostle Paul wrote, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.  In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:6-12).

Hardly a day goes by that does not have a conversation centered on being fulfilled spiritually.  There is this constant searching or in their terms “hunger” for something more. Paul makes it clear that Jesus is all that one gets, but he is way more than enough.  When Jesus gave the fourth Beatitude; “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6), he meant that when one seeks righteousness there would be fulfillment. He never intended for a Christian to be in a constant state of hunger.  Many Christians have misplaced there hunger pains as a spiritual quest to find fulfillment not realizing that grace through Jesus Christ is the fulfillment.  This quest has left many starving to death even though they are saved.

Unfortunately this feeling of needing more, not enough, or missing something is just that; a feeling.  These feelings have become cravings that are drowning out the voice of God in scripture.  Here are three ways to overcome these endless unfulfilled cravings through the grace of Jesus.

 

  1. Make the Word of God the Word of God Again

The Bible is the absolute word of God and is written by the Holy Spirit so that one may know that they are saved.  The whole story of the Bible is that there is a God who loves us so much that he sent his Son so they could come home.  The Bible is autobiography of love.  Christians do not read in the Bible that they are not loved by God.  The purpose of the Bible is to give one the knowledge that they are loved by God through Jesus.  If one feels differently someone or something else is deceiving them.  The knowledge of God’s love will confirm the feelings of God’s love. The feelings of God’s love will not lead to the knowledge of God’s love.  The Word is the food that fills the soul.

  1. Salvation is the context for all Cultural conversations

Recently a young lady was bemoaning the fact that she felt discriminated against because the church did not recognize female leadership.  She had been studying different egalitarian writings and was convinced that she was less than equal in the site of the church because she was a female.  This soon translated into a discussion on spiritual fulfillment, because she could not hold an office in the church.  Culture has stolen her salvation.  The discussion of any issue starts with; we have all been saved by grace.  Salvation is where the conversation starts.  This is the same with many of the hot topic items; such as, diversity, race, and women’s roles.  Culture wants one to believe that they are being left out, not loved, or even oppressed.  Salvation says you lack nothing in Christ; celebrate!!!  Start the conversations with salvation and then look at the issues.  As a Christian, the discussions should not start with I am lacking something or I am not being fulfilled.  This is Satan using culture to steal your salvation and your joy.

 

  1. Return to A God Centered Worship

A person worships because he/she is saved.  Too many Christians are defining worship as a time where they ae trying to get a feeling of holiness and worth.  Worship is described in terms of how it makes one feel.  The focus of most of these feelings surround the music in worship.  Worship in the Bible is what one brings to God, not what one gets out of it.  In fact, the one feeling that is associated with worship in scripture more than all others is an awesome fear of God’s presence.  Again, one worships in praise and rejoicing because of salvation.  Worship is not the place to receive confirmation that one is saved.  Entering the courts seeking something that will confirm your relationship with God will always leave one in doubt.  This is a lot like the drug addict who continues to search for a higher high.  The worship seeker is seeking a higher high through worship and is rarely satisfied for long.  Worship starts with salvation and leads to participation, and transformation.  One worships because of God’s grace.