Reading: Psalm 80: 1-3
The psalmist cries out to God, “come and save us”. This is a familiar prayer to us as well. Most often when we pray this prayer (or one that is similar), we are seeking God in the here and now. We are in the midst of something and we would like God’s help. We want God to enter our situation, to intervene, to make things better. God’s response may not be to do exactly what we want it to ‘fix’ the situation, but through prayer we certainly find peace, comfort, strength…
In a bigger sense of the word, we are “saved” once we accept and profess that Jesus Christ is Lord of our life. Once we claim Jesus as Savior, we are living in a state of being “saved”. This means we have the promise of eternal salvation through our personal relationship with Jesus. This status does not change. Through this relationship Jesus claims us as His own and we are then forever living in a state of salvation.
For the remainder of our days, we live knowing our final destination, yet always working to grow in our love of God and neighbor. Once we are “saved” it is not the end point but rather the beginning of the journey. Once we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are then ever living to become more and more like Jesus. We grow to love others as Jesus lived others. We grow to offer mercy and forgiveness more readily, like Jesus did. We grow to place others ahead of self, like Jesus did.
As we move along the journey to become more and more like Jesus, we become more and more attuned to the needs of the world. We see feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, standing against injustice, speaking truth into darkness, … as the stuff of everyday life. As His hands and feet, we share Jesus’ love with many. As we continue on our journey of faith, may we share bountifully.