Mar 21, 2006

when were you saved?

John Drury has a great post dealing with the question "When were you saved?" In light of his thoughts and inspired by them, here are a few of mine.

I was saved at the tree of knowledge when God didn't kill Adam and Eve but clothed them in their nakedness.

I was saved when all of creation's eggs were placed in Noah's ark-shaped basket instead of being obliterated.

I was saved when Abraham decided in faith on a starry night that God would supply the needed Viagra.

I was saved when Moses took the baton from Joseph and handed it off to Jesus during the transfiguration.

I was saved at the cross of Jesus Christ.

I was saved at the empty tomb.

I was saved in the spectator-style seats of the old Willow Creek Community Church auditorium where I heard about it all for the first time (while wearing a baseball hat, a t-shirt, and 80's style acid-washed blue jeans).

I was saved during my baptism when I took public ownership of my faith.

I was saved when I let God break my heart on a mountain in California as I looked over the city of L.A. and wept.

I was saved when I met my wife and heard the Holy Spirit speaking through her pure heart.

I was saved when I became a dad... twice... and learned all about unconditional love.

I was saved when I stood by the casket of a former student last week... and knew he was in heaven because I let God use me in his life.

I was saved at the tree of life when human history ended and eternity began... it hasn't happened yet, and yet it already has.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place." (Revelation 22:1-6)


Tanner Ridge said...

Thats cool stuff, looking back at how God saved us through different key points in time.
I look back and see how God used people and events in my life to take me to one very specific time... where I became saved in a dorm room at Michigan Technological University.

kaitie t. said...

wow...that bible passage is the most beautiful thing i have ever read...i need to keep reading!!

Katie said...

love this, love the way that it makes me look at all the things that God has done throughout time (and un-time in fact) to save me and how this miracle wasn't just a moment in time but moments throughout time

Melanie Morales said...

Very powerful post - thanks! It is something I never thought about before!

Dan said...

Tony...great blog, man! This post was very good. I'd never thought of it like that before. Thanks!

Milton Stanley said...

Excellent post. I linked to it today on my blog. Peace.