This word saved was a real biggie before I was.
You are saved. You have come to the Lord. You are saved. The Holy Spirit now indwells. You are saved.
And all I was doing was living before that. I was bobbing along with a job, a family, a life, hobbies, interests. Then I wasn’t so well. And then I was saved. And now I am bobbing along with a job, a family, a life, hobbies, interests.
What was I saved from?
I can continue bobbing along. In my lifebelt. In the sea. The waves will continue to wash over me. The saltwater will still make me itch. Except now the lifebelt will also chafe. I will still be bobbing around. Except starting to wonder why I am tethered to this lifebelt that chafes. Except now realising
with joy that I am tethered to others in their own lifebelts. And now I cannot grumble. Someone might hear. Because now that I am tethered to others as well, I can’t even bob along as I used to.
Being saved, I now think, is a gateway. Nothing more. This gateway – this “narrow gate” we aim to enter together at the Second Coming! Except we don’t.
We pause. A lot of us. We hover. A lot of us. We are tethered to waiting. This side of the narrow gate.
A lot of us.
We don’t have milk. We rarely have chocolate. We gave up sitting on the sofa so much. We gave up not exercising so much. We have given up some freedoms for other freedoms. We have given up some “tethering” for other “tetherings”. Like writing a blog. Like going to the gym. Like being grandparents.
Now we spend money having stuff done that we used to do ourselves. We have given up a lot. None of it for Him. All of it because life changes. We change. Staying the same is not an option.
Tongue in Cheek, TIC, warning …
Except that I am saved. And tethered. I just hope no one notices me praying with my eyes open (that’s regarded as snooping). And there is a lot of stuff I have to do (or not do). Because this being tethered comes with a lot of (tethering) conditions! In fact the more I think about it, the more being
tethered saved sucks!
TIC moment over …
(or was it?)
“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. Matthew 10:21-23
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:9-13
To the end.
And just like the “freedom” He handed to those three servants …
How am I getting on with my freedom today?
Am I burying it in the ground so it is safe – so that I can carry on being tethered today … Is it changing me – so that what I do today is different to what I did yesterday … And just what – exactly – is “freedom” changing in my life – right now today?
And to the end.