True Salvation

ConnorsFarmMaze-thumb-520x453-52895“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Rom. 10:9 (NIV)

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The staff of Connors Farms in Danvers Massachusetts worked hard to create an elaborate maze within their large cornfield. They were so successful that a family had to call 911 in order to be rescued after they were unable to find their way out.

This family was fortunate that they recognized they were lost and able to call for help. Those who have either rejected Christ or simply ignored His call are also lost. However, they usually don’t recognize their condition and therefore make no effort to reach out for help.

As Christian physicians, we are called to be witnesses to those around us (Acts 1:8). It is our calling to help them understand their true condition. When we are fortunate enough to impact a patient or a friend to the point where they are ready to make that step of faith, we need to be ready to tell them how that step is made. In this verse, Paul condenses the conditions for salvation into two basic steps.

First, someone who wishes to come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ must confess that Jesus is Lord. This means they confess they are willing to turn control of their life over to Him. Their confession should also include the fact that they have sinned, so that forgiveness for those sins may be obtained (I Jn. 1:9).

But this confession is not just a matter of saying the right words. Paul makes it clear that any confession, if it is to be genuine, must also come from the heart. That person should believe in their heart that Jesus truly is God. Paul is not talking about an intellectual belief. He is referring to a belief that comes from our emotions…a belief based on trust. It is a belief in which we are willing to put our very life into His hands.

As physicians, we are privileged to be able to help someone deal with their medical problems. As Christian physicians, we are also privileged to help them deal with their spiritual problems as well.

Let’s not miss those opportunities!

Prayer: Lord open my eyes to the lost around me and give me the words to share Your love.

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