My bottom lip quivers with emotion as my eyes squeeze back happy tears. Her dainty seven year old hands clench mine. With a high pitched, little girl voice she reverently prays to God. “I have decided to follow you Jesus,” she says firmly. She feels, hears, and sees God with innocent child-like faith. With tear stained faces and tightly squeezed hands, we conclude our prayer with “Amen.”
We remain seated at the kitchen table in pin-dropping silence. Then she hops off my lap, flashes her toothless 2nd grader smile, and skips up to bed. I think to myself, “Whatever view I had of you God—I know now you are even greater.”
I remember when I first believed…
The movement of the Holy Spirit jolted my soul awake. It felt as if the Spirit yanked my limbs into action as an unexplainable joy moved through me. But I also remember that somewhere along the way, I thought being saved went something like this: you prayer a prayer, ask Jesus into your heart, and you go to heaven…the end.
Salvation isn’t just about a one-time act or one emotional prayer. It’s about making a decision and following through with it.
There is a point in time when God opens our eyes to what Christ did. As we begin to follow, God opens our eyes to what Christ does.
“…Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose,” (Philippians 2:12-13, NIV).
This verse explains that after we accept Christ, we spend the rest of our lives following Him and “working out our salvation.”
God empowers us to work out our own salvation.
We are to discover our salvation for ourselves as we pursue a relationship with God. We are to work it out by reading God’s Word and coming up with our own ideas. Not ideas we hear in church but ideas God reveals to us as we read his Holy Word. Only then will salvation truly be our own.
As I turn out the lights in my kitchen, I reverently stand before God in my fuzzy brown slippers and mistletoe pajamas. I’ll never forget this night. My baby girl’s decision to actively pursue God will forever be etched across my heart.
Her personal love story with Jesus is just beginning….
Reflection for your day:
Are you following God with everything you’ve got? Are you realizing that there is more to following Jesus than just praying a prayer and walking down the church aisle? Are you digging deep into the Word and working out your own salvation?