Are you saved? That question makes me laugh now. Laugh at the fool I was.
I remember around 10 years ago, we were to start home schooling. As it would be, the only home school group I was at all familiar with was a Christian group. (yep, there is a story there too, maybe later) I was not a believer at that time.
The first event we went to was a picnic, I went prepared! I just knew all those pushy Christians were going to ask me "Are you saved?"
To which I was going to reply- "From what?" or "Just what makes you think I need saving?"
Really....teeth clenched, I was ready.
NO one asked.
Saved implies lost and I sure didn't think I was lost. My life was fine thank you.
Sure....I believed in "god". Ya know, like goodness, the things that weren't bad. Some type of power.
I even believed the "good" in man was god. uhg!
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that- and shudder.
The demons were ahead of me, they knew God, THE God. Like me they did not want to be told what they needed or lacked or what God told them to do, so they didn't follow him. They followed their own will, destined for hell.
Yet they shudder- tremble. They know what awaits them.
I was too arrogant to shudder.
I was lost. Lost to sin.
Lost to self.
Lost to anger, unforgiveness.
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost , but now am found
Was blind but now I see.
Grace found me. God's grace. THE God. The very God I shunned, the God I thought I didn't need.
When Saul, (Paul) was saved on the road to Damascus,(Acts 26) Christ told him he would make him a minister of the good news. God would rescue Paul and send him to non believers to.....
open their eyes
to turn them from darkness to light
from the power of Satan to God
so that they may receive.....
forgiveness of sins
Those who are saved by God are kept by God, for eternity. Forgiven, loved, accepted, renewed.
God's grace is rebirth, revelation of his truth.
It is completely from him and him alone.
It comes to those who do not deserve it
who do not seek it
and who can not earn it.
Without God's grace we are destined to serve sin and under the power of Satan.
I was lost and I needed to be saved. It is a good thing God didn't wait for me to get comfortable with who he was before he saved me or wait for me to figure out I needed him. That would never have happened.God saves those who do not know they are lost.