I think many times in the church, we spend a lot of time telling people that they need to be saved. But we always frame it in the context of being saved from something.
I think there is something not completely consistent underlying this approach. It tends to be easier to cause people to fear, to get them to behave in ways that we may believe are more consistent with what God desires. However, I think this is wrongheaded, and maybe even upside down.
The reality is that we have been saved for something. We have been saved for relationship with God. We have been saved for relationship with one another. We have been saved so that we might do the good works that God has prepared for us (Eph. 2:10). This is why we have been saved.
We are the beneficiaries of a past reality so that we can enjoy a present comfort, and so that we can look forward to a future hope This is the wonder of living in Christ. That we have been saved, while we are being saved, which we properly call sanctification; until we are saved, which is glorification.
We are on a journey. There is no one on this journey who has arrived at their final destination yet. If they still breathe and walk on this earth we are called to continue in faithfulness. So I want to encourage you in this season of Lent, to remember that what we are moving towards is something that has already happened and that the reality of this final act can give us confidence in our daily lives. For who we are supposed to be in Christ is still being worked out by God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s ministry. You have been saved. I have been saved. Let us rejoice in that today!