Did you know we could be saved, but also be ineffective in the Kingdom of God?
When I hear this I can’t help but to think back just a couple of years ago, and actually identify with this statement. I can relate to being saved, but not bearing the fruit of my salvation. I wanted to be saved and I was-but I was trying to escape or shorten the healing process that God wanted me to journey through.
What does this look like?
It looks like me, claiming God, and knowing I have access to heaven. But that’s all. It looks like me wanting the covering, favor, and anointing of God, but not wanting to go through the process to get there. It looks like me blaming others and holding to my past, thinking and saying,”if so and so never did this” or “if I was born into a better situation, I would be able to be where God wants me to be and do what he is calling me to do”. It looks a lot like wanting the fruit of my salvation, but absolutely in no way did I want to carry the responsibility of the process in getting there.
I went through a time in my life where I found my identity in the things I had been through. I replayed and reconnected with my past often to validate my insecurity to move forward toward the promises and fruit God assured me. I was comfortable in my failures because I was a victim and victory beyond simply being saved was something other people experienced, but I didn’t believe it for myself. I thought the things I had been through-the abandonment, the abuse-I thought those things made me who I was. I defined myself as a victim and boy did the fruit in my life speak to that.
We can be saved and stay stagnant. We can have a place in heaven and not impact those around us. God is so loving and so gentle with us that he will save us from eternal hell, but also let us sit in our misery here on earth if that is what we choose to do.
However we do have a choice.
I come from a family of destruction. My biological lineage is filled with addiction, abuse, poverty, and brokenness. But once I accepted Jesus into my heart and my life as my guiding force, I also was adopted into a new family. A family of hope and provision. A family of new lineage and supernatural power. And I had a choice. I could continue claiming the generational curses I listed above or I could declare and decree over my life and the generations that follow me that all those chains be broken. I had the opportunity to still go through life broken and victimized, or take hold to the promises of God and thrive out of my new lineage.
I’m not sure if you’ve been saved for 10 years or 10 months. But I do know we live in a culture where we are told to just “accept” ourselves and our situations. We are encouraged to embrace those dark corners of our lives and coddle them and use them as justification as to who we are and why our lives are a heaping mess. The truth is we need to expose them to the light. We need the healing rain of Jesus to pour out on those hurts so that we can be freed from our past and impact those around us and show them to freedom as well. We can’t keep telling ourselves “this is life, I was just made like this”. I was not made to live as a victim and neither were you. That is not why Jesus died. Jesus died when we were still sinners so that we can freely walk away from that sin-so that we aren’t held victim to the things that were done to us or the things we’ve done, but to be healed and contagiously love and spread light to show others they can also break the chains.
We are made for grace and glory.
But we won’t experience grace and glory by giving dominion to our past, but instead by devoting ourselves to the process of a flourishing future.
In either way we dedicate ourselves, our salvation remains constant-we have our lot in eternity. The difference lies in our condition upon arrival.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.