Real Salvation 1
In real salvation God flows over us, around us, into us and through us. It is impossible for salvation to happen to us and not change us. Salvation is not a one-sided transaction. When we receive Christ as Savior we are also giving ourselves to Him. If we have not submitted ourselves to Him we have not genuinely received Him. God is who He is. A person-changer is who He is. A life-changer is who He is. When I became saved I did not fully understand that. All I knew was that I needed some changes. I knew I was helpless to make those changes. I knew that only He could make them. I was willing for Him to make them.
A Christian ought to be more like a sponge than a rock. A sponge soaks in water and is changed. A rock is virtually unchanged by water. A sponge is made much heavier by water. When a sponge comes into contact with something else some of the water comes out and sometimes affects the thing contacted. A sponge is made much softer by the water. A wet rock can hurt people far more than a wet sponge. The sponge is made more useful by the water. A church in another state had three different pastors while I attended there. All three of them knew a great deal about the Bible. The first one was changed by the Bible a great deal more than the other two. He had been touched by many other sponges during his lifetime. He was more humble. A wet sponge will sometimes clean the objects it comes in contact with. A rock will not. A sponge has some limited ability to retain water. A rock has no such thing.
The forgiveness of God, the life of God, the love of God, the glory of God, the blessings of God, the understanding of God, the peace of God, the joy of God, the concerns of God, and the will of God ought to flow into us. Those things should fill us and overflow.
Psalms 23:5: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
A Christian ought to be more like a mirror than a wall. All that can be seen on a wall is itself or a shadow. A Christian ought to reflect the glory of God. He can do a better job of that when he is clean. A mirror reflects someone or something else*s glory, not its own. The only glory that can be seen on a wall is its own. A wall cannot reflect light as a mirror can. A Christian ought to be somewhat like the moon. The moon reflects the glory of the sun. It can only do that when there is nothing between the sun and the moon. It can only do that when there is nothing between the moon and the beholder. A Christian who lets sin come between him and the Lord cannot reflect the Lord*s glory. A Christian who lets sin come between him and others cannot reflect the glory of the Lord to them.
A gloriously changed person more truly reflects a glorious God. A better person will more accurately reflect a better God. How glorious is your God? How good is your God? How big is your God? How gracious is your God? How wonderful is your God? Are you disappointed in the way you reflect Him?
Ephesians 3:17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
John 7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
The influence of God on a person is first internal and then should flow out of him like a strong current. If there is nothing good and spiritual flowing out of you it means you probably are not a real Christian.