This Changes Everything

The last blog I wrote was about my personal salvation testimony. How I came to accept Jesus Christ as savior. Even more recently, my thoughts have kind of shifted. Now I’m wondering why if I believe what I say I believe, I haven’t been totally and completely heartbroken for those that don’t believe the same thing. More so, why haven’t I been doing everything in my power to change things? Honestly, there are a lot of people that call themselves Christians who claim to have a broken heart for the lost, but they’re so comfortable in their little Christian bubbles they don’t cross over the lines to help mend the brokenness.

The latest question consuming my thoughts is, why aren’t we doing anything to eliminate the darkness?

Of course, at the core of every choice is an underlying heart condition. So, if my heart isn’t breaking for the lost, then something is seriously wrong with my own heart. Nonetheless, even if my heart is breaking for the lost but I’m not doing anything to reach out to them, then I still have a serious heart problem. Here’s the bottom line:

I cannot believe that Jesus Christ saved me from an eternity in hell without the conviction to warn others who are headed for that same end result.

If I truly believe what I’m saying, then how sick and twisted would it be for me to never open my mouth and share the gospel? If you have truly been saved by Jesus Christ, then you should have a burning desire for Christ to use you in order to save others.

Now, I’ve never been one for the whole “turn-or-burn”, “Would you end up in heaven or hell if you died in your sleep tonight?” approach. Mostly because when you read through the gospels, that’s not how Jesus tried to reach people. Don’t get me wrong, he did not avoid talking about hell for the sake of offending. In fact, he gives very, very, clear warning. Jesus doesn’t want us to accept him so that we get a free ticket into heaven. Jesus wants us to accept him because we love him. This is my personal opinion, but if you’re scaring someone into praying a prayer, they’re not coming to Jesus with heart of appreciation and love. Which means that in the long run, there probably won’t be much change of heart. Why would they change for Jesus if they don’t really understand what He did in order that they might be changed?

With that in mind, salvation is a process. Not the actual saving of your soul, because that’s only accomplished through Christ and Christ alone. Once you repent and believe, it is finished. In the Greek translation, completed. In other words, you can’t earn it and you can’t lose it because it only comes through Christ. He did it, not you. Your sins are paid for, you’ve been bought, purchased by the blood of Christ. You are now His. But once you accept salvation, your faith in God and surrender to Him become a daily choice and life long process.

So, if this is true, if I am a child of God, then how can I be the same? If I believe that Jesus saved me, this changes everything. It changes the way I view people, it changes the way I treat people, it changes the way I dress, the music I listen to, the TV shows I watch. It changes my thought process, the words that come out of my mouth, and the way I view the world around me. Not only the way that I view it, but the way that approach it. Because Jesus saving me changes my heart. Jesus saving me should change me so much so that it radiates and seeps into the lives of everyone around me. Because Jesus is within me, and Jesus changes everything.

Light is only of use when it penetrates darkness.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

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