One twin asked a parent this question, “What is sin?” But before any answer started, the other twin asked, “What does it mean to be saved?” A parent’s heart may skip a beat at one such question, and two in rapid succession leave little time to luxuriate.
“Sin is when you have missed the mark, fallen short, or gotten off the path...when things like that happen to anyone, aim again to win, stay on task and on path. Then you are okay...but no one knows how to do this-- but by Jesus’ help. He’s always ready to help us now.”
Twin two: “And what if we do not sin or do not want to ask for help?”
“Everyone sins. Few seek help. But until you seek help, you are lost, off the path, missing the mark, always falling short! Why reject the One supernatural relationship with Jesus, who heals all our relationships - with ourselves, God, and others? Ask to be saved, set on the right path, and headed in God’s direction.”
Twin One: “And is that what salvation is, too?”
“How you look at sin is how you look at salvation.” Is it just penal substitution – Jesus paying our penalty by blood – or are there other aspects of salvation than just that part?”
Reconciling and healing can be components of salvation...those are relational. Your relation with God is like yours with other conscious alive spirits. It’s a process-journey, a path...sometimes you miss the mark, sometimes you hit the target, run the good race and finish strong.
That takes training and discipline. And you have God giving you His supernatural Son to save, and the Holy Spirit to coach, you into championship form. Befriend God. Be a Jesus champion, Holy Spirit-led, follower of the living Word and life is great. You can be confident in both the temporal and eternal aspects of life!
Only then do you and I find true rest and peace without fear of sin, death, or failure. Because, we know, when God’s with us, then no one can succeed against us. This is the only way to thrive in a world at war with our spirit.
Let’s start/stay on God’s path!