On Saturday, June 12, 2010 my family and I attended Fish Fest here in Irvine, CA. Fish Fest is an annual Christian music festival sponsored by KFSH 95.9 FM and features popular contemporary Christian artists on three different stages. This year’s event was a little different from ones I have previously attended and the changes were great.
Pastor Greg Laurie delivered a salvation message and altar call and many hundreds of people stood to pray the sinner’s prayer. You always love to see people respond to the message of Christ. The artists we saw were excellent. Verizon Wireless gave my wife and I VIP passes for the entire event. The seats we had were amazing. The most poignant message that was delivered to the approximately 15,000 in attendance came from Shaun Groves of Compassion International. He challenged the mostly Christian crowd to discover what they had been saved for. He stated most of us know what we have been saved from, but never truly discover what we have been saved for.
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. (Please take the time to read about their ministry and consider sponsoring a child – you can click the banner to the right and be taken directly to their site).
I want to take a few minutes and cover Mr. Groves’s statements – Saved From & Saved For. 90%+ of what is below are quotes from scripture. I didn’t feel it needed my two cents.
What are we saved from?
- Curse of the Law
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)
Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15)
But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15)
The blood of Jesus Christ sets us free from everything that sin had ruined in our lives. We have been redeemed and made righteous in the sight of God. We have been saved from so many things.
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son (Colossians 1:13)
So… If we are living in a new kingdom what are we supposed to be doing while we are here? We know why we needed salvation and we know our destination. Let’s take a look at scripture to see what we should be doing while we are here.
What have we been saved for?
Praise, Worship & Relationship with God
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24)
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. (Philippians 3:10)
To become like Jesus
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:29)
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. (John 14:12)
The Great Commission
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:15-18)
Caring for the poor, the orphaned, the widow, etc.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)
Building the Church of Jesus Christ
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:27-28)
What we do here on the earth matters between the time we accept Christ and are born again and the time we die or the rapture takes place.
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
“The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
“After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
“The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’
“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
“Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:14-30)
You may be called to:
- Pulpit ministry
- Sponsoring a child
- Visiting hospitals to pray for the sick
- Visiting prisoners to share the gospel
- Short-term missions
- Long term-missions
- Sunday School Teacher
- Home Fellowship Leader
- The list could go on
You may be called to one or more of these things or you may be called to something else. Bottom line, you are called. You have been saved for a reason and that reason will cause growth for the Kingdom of God.
I don’t know what it is, but I know it will involve people coming to Jesus. I encourage you to get out of your pew and become active in the Kingdom. Christianity is not a spectator sport – it is a life lived for Jesus Christ.