Abundant Salvation

Abundant Salvation

“Aslan is a lion --- the Lion, the great Lion." "Ooh!" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he -- quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion" ... "Safe?" said Mr. Beaver. "Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.” (C.S. Lewis -- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

You may be familiar with this quote from C.S. Lewis. Susan responded the same way many of us would if we were about to meet a lion who is King of Narnia; she wanted to know if he was safe. The instinct to protect ourselves and to  seek safety is natural.

But how many times do we approach Jesus with the same desire? Safety. It isn’t sinful to desire safety; but it is not something He has promised us. Consider what Jesus, as the door of the sheep, does promise us:

“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

He doesn’t say, “If anyone enters by me, he will be safe.” Now certainly, we are secure in Jesus -- which we will cover in tomorrow’s devotion. But the security He offers isn’t safety in the way we often think about it. He doesn’t promise His sheep will be safe from cancer. He doesn’t promise His sheep safety from heartache and loss. He doesn’t promise us safety from the various effects of COVID-19.

But He does promise that we will be saved. What exactly does this mean?

  • His promise of salvation means the armies of hell can march against us with lies and accusations but “there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
  • His promise means we may struggle with anxiety due to a lack of income or resources but “our heavenly Father knows we need all these things” (Matthew 6:32).
  • It means that no matter what we face and no matter how dire the circumstances, “he will never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5).
  • It means that even if we feel our faith slipping or doubt creeps in, “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

In this time when we may feel a lack of safety, let us all cling to the promises of God – and know that we have salvation because of Jesus. Cling to His promises for “he [Jesus] is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Our King isn’t safe, but He is good. Always. And He saves to the uttermost.
 
By Philip Jones

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