Who Is Your Salvation For?

Each year, at the beginning of the year, I take time to just think about where I’ve been and how I have come to this current place in my life.  Usually, this also takes me to the thoughts of how I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ.  This has always been a very valuable process for me.  Without it, I would be much more vulnerable to the strongholds and snares of the enemy.

During this past year, I found myself pondering a very interesting question.  The question, as you may have guessed, is the title of this article; “Who is your salvation for?”  Now, before you start digging out your bibles, Strong’s Concordances, and other study helps, please allow me to make some comments regarding this topic.

During our travels as short-term missionaries, my wife and I have met and become friends with many other missionaries.  As we shared our experiences with each other, I was overwhelmed by the lack of interest in missions, supporting of missionaries, evangelistic outreach, and also with grounded, whole-counsel Bible teaching in this country.  Even more interesting was the great interest in ‘financial prosperity” and healing for self.  Continually, the question kept coming to me, challenging me, not only about my own life but the lives of those around me.  It challenged the very existence of our ministry.  This question, as interesting as it may seem, has shaken several people with whom I have spoken and shared this question.

“Who is your salvation for?”  It just sticks to the gray matter of the brain, like peanut butter to the roof of the mouth.  As I meditated upon this seemingly straightforward question, the Lord started revealing its simple truth.

The first example given was that of Jesus Christ Himself, which is always the ultimate example.  Why did Christ come to the earth, temporarily giving up His heavenly royalty, to walk the face of the earth?  Was it He alone who needed salvation?  Was it He who was the only person that benefited from His relationship with Father God?  I strongly declare, with all my heart, that the answer to each of these questions was that He was here for the behalf of others.  In Matthew 28:18 – 20, Jesus tells His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations.  In Luke 19:10, Jesus declares that He has come to seek and save that which was lost.

Jesus goes on to speak in Acts 1:8 that we are to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  Why?  So that others can see the goodness of God in us and be brought to reconciliation to God through repentance and forgiveness.  2 Corinthians 5:18 – 20 gives a direct command, through the Apostle Paul, that when we become born-again, we all have the ministry of reconciliation, the word of reconciliation, and we all become ambassadors for Christ.  This passage concludes with the words:  “as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”

I believe that Paul had captured a concept/discipline from the Scriptures that most Christians have missed.  Paul displays the concept of mentoring (sharing his salvation) and its importance throughout the New Testament.  He knew the value of our work, as Christians, was in the imparting of truth to our brothers and sisters in the Lord, helping them to grow and mature in their faith.  In 1 Thessalonians 2:19 – 20, he writes: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?  Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?  For you are our glory and joy.”

So, the question remains, who is your salvation for?  Before you dismiss this question as silliness or bad doctrine, examine its core.  There is someone waiting to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the only one that may get through to them is you.  Let your salvation be seen by others.  Don’t just speak your testimony, live it!  Allow others to see Jesus through your actions, thoughts, and speech.  Fill your hearts with the passion of Christ and compassion for others.

Psalm 40:1 – 3

I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.  He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.

Scripture References

Matthew 28:18 – 20  NKJV  18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Luke 19:9 – 10  NKJV  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 – 20  NKJV  17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

1 Thessalonians 2:19 – 20  NKJV   19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.