Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Are you really saved? Do you even know what that means? It is not about being saved from eternal destruction (even though that is one of the benefits), it is about finding your true purpose in life. It is a total shift of our perspective, salvation is about a different kind of life. It is the life that God Himself enjoys, the one we were made to enjoy. It seems like most people view salvation in one of two ways. One is to give us things in this life, the other is to keep us in paradise after we die. The problem with both of those views, they leave God out. Salvation is about bringing us into an encounter with Him, He becomes the reward and the passion of our life. Here is how John Piper describes salvation.

“Saving faith believes in God as an all satisfying rewarder: “Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb. 11:6). Faith does not come to God out of some disinterested benevolence, thinking to do God a favor with our presence. Faith comes to God full of hunger for God and finds him to be faith’s great reward. Therefore, I conclude that saving faith, by its nature and necessity, teaches us to pursue our satisfaction in God. Saving faith is necessary for eternal life (John 3:15), and the nature of saving faith includes resting in Jesus as the soul’s final and supreme satisfaction. Therefore, saving faith summons everyone to pursue joy in God.”

You see the Lord does give us good things in this life and He does give us eternity in heaven, but neither of those things are what salvation is primarily about. It is about restoration with Him. He is what we lost at the fall and He is what is restored in salvation. So being saved is way better than most people realize; to know God is better than meeting a celebrity, a president, or a famous person from the past; to know the Lord is to meet the Creator and Fountain of all life. Today’s scripture verse gives us an incredible promise, “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

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