“Jesus saves.” We’ve heard it. We’ve said it. We’ve seen it on a thousand billboards.
When we put our trust in who Jesus is and what he has done for us, he saves us from the consequences of our sin. Since “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) this is extremely good news! He pays our debt so that we can stand without blemish before a perfect and holy God.
What I’d like to highlight today is that in the Bible, salvation is not only FROM something but FOR something. That “FOR something” is abundant life—not only in the life to come, but in this one.
Jesus says it clearly in John 10:10: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Take a moment to imagine your abundant life in Christ:
-You trust your big problems to God. You may not understand everything, but you don’t get overwhelmed by anything.
-You study his word and bring wisdom to your work, relationships, and family.
-You have a servant heart and provide practical help to others.
-You know biblical financial principles and trust God to provide for your needs; you grow in personal contentment in the process.
-You know the importance of Sabbath rest so you frequently make time to renew and refresh. Ahhh.
-You know that this life isn’t all there is; as a result, you are better able to maintain perspective.
-You have purpose: to glorify God as a grace-filled truth-telling disciple of Jesus. Every day isn’t necessarily filled with excitement, but it is certainly filled with meaning.
Just think about the breadth of God’s love for you! Yes, YOU!
Friends, we are saved FROM calamity and FOR abundance.
—Sermon. “Saved from what? (And FOR what?) March 27, 2022. Click here.
—Podcast interview. “5 words of wisdom from past generations – a talk with Claude Cox.” They call it the information age. But to me, it often feels like we have too much data and too little wisdom. This episode is a talk with Claude Cox who has spent years with the elderly. Here, he shares some wisdom that has been passed on. Click here, or tune in to ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan’ via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or TuneIn.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV. The quote from John 10:10 is from the ESV.