Why Did He Save You?
There is a worship song that asks the question, “Why did He save you?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? The answer a person gives to that question is going to determine if they are truly saved and if they have a vital, growing relationship with the Lord. When we see someone who has made a profession of faith but seems to have little evidence of fruit in their lives, we can surmise they answer that question: “He saved me so I don’t have to go to hell.” They figure they’ve said the right words, they “believe” in Jesus and what He did on the cross, and they are now in contractual possession of a guaranteed fire insurance policy. It is even okay if they leave candles unattended or smoke in bed because they are covered.
But Jesus’ reason for redemption was not just what He saved us from, but more about what He saved us for. He saved us for Himself. He redeemed us (bought us back) to restore us to the original purpose for which God created man: to be in relationship with Him and to participate with Him in ruling over creation. The Lord saves us so that we can be restored to a relationship of eternal delight and communion. Someone who answers the “why” question in these terms will have a far different life, a far different worldview, a level of fruitfulness that gives evidence of a living faith.
Why did He save you? Don’t just give the “Sunday School answer” to this question; answer it in light of the fruit of your faith. Is Jesus your insurance agent or the deepest desire of your soul? And if He isn’t the latter, He probably isn’t the former, either!
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries