Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Live like you’re headed to heaven.”
In the end, salvation is about spending eternity with God. The three phases of the salvation process accomplish that for us. If you have already placed your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins then phase one is a done deal for you and your salvation is secure. You are now in the second phase of being sanctified as God prepares you for eternity, and you are headed towards the third and final stage, the consummation of your salvation. But as you read this, you are somewhere in that second phase.
So, what impact should your new and fuller understanding of the entire doctrine of salvation have on how you live now? In his book “Heaven” author Randy Alcorn uses the phrase “Heaven-influenced living”. This is what Paul was writing about in Philippians 3:13-14. Our conduct should be influenced by our understanding of where we’re headed. The Apostle Peter wrote of this also in 1 Peter 2:9-12:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.”
And also in 2 Peter 3:11-14, “… it is clear what kind of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness as you wait for the day of God and hasten its coming.”
We are the people of God, saved by grace through faith in Jesus, called to be a holy people who bring honor to our heavenly father, people who live with the knowledge and understanding that we are just passing through this world on a journey towards our real home in heaven.
I encourage you to live each day with the certain knowledge that you are a child of God headed for a glorious eternity in a perfect paradise prepared for you by Jesus Himself. Let your thoughts, words, and deeds be governed by that great truth. Be joyful, be kind and merciful, and share with others the good news that they too can have salvation through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. That’s the impact our understanding of salvation should have on how we live now.