The Christian life is not about pleasing God the finger-shaker and judge. It is not about believing now or being good now for the sake of heaven later. It is about entering a relationship in the present that begins to change everything now. Spirituality is about this process: the opening of the heart to the God who is already here.
For so long I believed that salvation was basically a way to “not go to Hell.” I never saw it for what it really is, restoration. Restoration, reunion, and reconciliation.
It’s a shepherd leaving 99 sheep to find me.
It’s a man selling all he had to buy a field because it contained me.
It’s a man taking care of a hurt “enemy” simply because it was his nature.
It’s a woman cleaning her entire house to look for me, a lost coin.
It’s a father who gives me what I’m not deserved, let’s me wander and squander it all yet, welcomes me home and reclaims me as his son.
Salvation in it’s simplest form is a family reunion. It’s joining back into the family that you never knew you had.
15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!
Romans 8:15-17, Message