Knowing who you’ve been saved for is as important as knowing what you’ve been saved from.
Christian testimony often focuses on ways Jesus has transformed our lives. Rightly so. Just yesterday a friend told me how following Jesus has made him a better husband, father, friend and manager, creating in him a new found empathy, love and patience that is making all the difference in his daily life. I love hearing how how Jesus has helped people overcome addiction, restore relationships and recover from wasted years. Being forgiven and healed are hallmarks of the Father’s grace.
So share all the ways Jesus has saved you from sin and hurt and despair, and share it boldly. But Jesus has saved us for something as well–for something and for Someone.
In Deuteronomy 4:20, Moses urges God’s people to remember what they have been saved from and who they have been saved for. “Remember that the Lord rescued you from the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt in order to make you his very own people and his special possession, which is what you are today.”
Within Christian thought, the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt has long stood as a metaphor for the slavery and bondage from which Jesus has rescued us. But what was the goal of that rescue? What was the purpose of this salvation? To create for God a people of his very own. This is so important.
God rescued us from where we were to bring us to where he is. His goal was our inclusion. We were saved from sin so we could be his kids. Compelling witness to Jesus flows from our confidence in God’s including love, enabling us to help others become God’s people, too. As the Apostle Peter states, “. . . you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NLT)
We’ve been saved from so much. And we’ve been saved for God. And it’s from that place of confidence we can tell our story of God’s goodness to others, making our witness more compelling than ever.