Salvation – a beautiful gift given to the world by God Himself. The Father sent his only Son to earth, a God and King of all creation, to be born as a man whose purpose was to be a blameless sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He was the consummate sacrificial lamb, took the keys of sin and death to hell, was raised from the dead and ushered in a new covenant as our mediator.
This amazing sacrifice provided a way for all to know God and have relationship with Him. That by believing with our hearts and confessing with our mouths that He was raised from the dead, we are saved and our sins washed away by the blood of Jesus. He took the judgement and wrath of God upon Himself so we could be spared, saved and brought into the family of God.
Wow! When I think about who Jesus truly is, what He did and all He sacrificed so I could be saved for eternity, I am overwhelmed.
When I first accepted God’s gift of salvation I intellectually understood what I was receiving. I cognitively grasped the concept of salvation, but it took time for my heart to receive it.
When I allowed God to be a part of my life and began building a relationship with Him, I fell in love with Him. My heart was for Him and I wanted to serve Him. It was a beautiful and satisfying thing to know Him. My struggle during this period of spiritual development was with sin and knowing I would never be able to stop as long as I am in this body. It was hard to see that my sin hurt the one I loved, who did so much for me.
The more exact struggle I was having was the ability to receive His amazing gift of love. This unbelievable act of sacrifice He endured because he wanted to be in relationship with me. He was blameless and innocent, but received my judgement and sentence, in order that I wouldn’t have to experience separation from him.
Thoughts I remember having through this struggle were, “You’ve done too much for me”, “I will keep hurting you with my sin”, “All you’ve asked in return is for me to believe and receive. It’s too much”. In order to receive his abounding gifts, I would have to let God deeper inside my heart. I would have to be dependent on Him.
About ten years after giving my life to Him, I was in a place of brokenness, and my struggle for deeper intimacy with God was resolved. I remember it exactly as it happened when I genuinely received His gift of love, through salvation. He had been preparing my heart to receive it, to open up and let Him in. There was nothing I had to do than to just let His Spirit do the work.
I was driving my car home from school and in a moment my mind opened, then my heart opened; I understood grace and received his sacrifice of love in my heart. Then came an astounding sense of peace that everything was OK and my heart was filled with His Love. The shame and unworthiness of His love disappeared and a deeper bond was forged.
I know that being weak in my humanness is forgivable as His sacrifice atones for all. I will never be separated from Him. His Grace is sufficient for me.
This article was written by Megan Stanton, Communications Coordinator.