About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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Selfish Salvation


Part of my daily morning routine is to water our lawn and garden.  One thing that irritates me in the process is when the hose gets a crimp in it that interrupts the flow of water.  I am forced to put the hose down and find the source of the blockage.  Only after straightening out the hose can I proceed with watering.  I say that to say this.   


In metamorphic terms, Christians are divine hoses.  The Holy Spirit, and all He provides us, is the water that is meant to flow through our lives to others.  When we become crimped for one reason or another the Holy Spirit is unable to flow through us for the benefit of another.  We fail to fulfill our daily duties as Christians. 


Look at the words of Jesus found in John 20:21.


"Again Jesus said, 'Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.'"      


While on earth the very essence of God flowed from Jesus to others.  Likewise, as John 20:21 states, the very essence of Jesus is to flow from Christians to others.  As Jesus was sent into the world as a divine hose, so are we.  It's a Biblical principle.  Whatever we receive from Jesus we are not to selfishly keep for ourselves.  We are to pass it on to others, and if we don't, we become hoarders of God's love.  1 John 4:11 puts it this way.


"Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."


All of this implies that there is nothing in us that blocks the free flow of God's Spirit through our lives.  It also implies that we live in some form of community.  As Christians we are not called to be isolated islands unto ourselves.  We have been fitted into the lives of others in the Community of Christ where we pass on the life of Jesus to others.  If we keep it all to ourselves we become selfish saved saints, and a "selfish salvation" is not Biblical salvation. 

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