It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” Romans 8:9-11 Message
It’s been close to 30 years ago that I first heard what the word salvation means; nothing missing or broken. As I read these verses in the Message translation, I felt something stirring inside of me. Perhaps it was another layer of deep revelation, or simply a confirmation of what I had heard so long ago; “God has set everything right between Him and me!”
You see, when God does something, He doesn’t hold back. There isn’t any part of salvation that He withholds from His own. Wholeness is completeness. It’s not based upon what we do, but what He has already done. It’s a simple trust in His ability rather than your own.
That simple act of trusting Him, no hesitation, no plan ‘B’, simply embracing God setting things right and saying it outloud, “I trust you! You have set everything right between You and me. I look to no man, only to You for it is You who orders my steps and keeps me from falling.”
It’s not your ‘right’, it’s His right which is always right. No lack in His Kingdom. No sickness in His Kingdom. Nothing missing or broken–He makes all things beautiful in His time. Makes me wonder as Paul did, how it is there are so many sick and dying in the realm of believers. (reference 1 Corinthians 11:27-32) Perhaps if we took seriously the things that are sacred to God, things would be different in our own lives.
So this sums up what salvation means to me, and I hope it means as much to you as well. Until it becomes a natural part of your daily routine, begin to form a habit of surrender. Say it and mean it from the bottom of your heart; “God has set everything right between him and me!”