It may appear that Salvation is in the cross-hairs of my vision scope – if you have thought that, then you are on the same track with me, for it is because I am! As we are preparing to and are counting down the final days of our daughter’s Senior year in high school, it has been ever on my mind. What if we’d never put her in a Christian school who was there to come along side of us to train our child in the way she should go? Would we so easily be singing the Hymn which this Series got the kick start with, Jesus Saves? Salvation is the most important thing we can help lead our children toward, for it makes the difference in how they eventually spend Eternity.
Just what does Salvation mean to you? When you and I think about Salvation, what is it that comes to our minds? Only our own experience? Working with young children, especially inner city-kids and those that have the least exposure to church, will present you with a challenge which, for a teacher, is unforgettable. I liken it to the children’s game, 1-2-3 Red Light, they are always interested, but come forward at different rates, with different experiences and show those in ways that must be picked up on – literally on the fly.
1-2-3 Red Light | Statues
The game is simple to understand and put into practice. The person who leads is “It” or the “Curator” – they call the shots, like a teacher. All of the remaining players are the “Players” or “Statues” who start off all on the same line, at a distance from the “Curator”, as in the students of a Sunday School class. The person who is “It/Curator”, turns around facing away from the “Players” (like to the white board), and counts… 1… 2… 3… Red Light! While that person is turned around, the “Players” move toward the “It/Curator” as quickly and quietly as possible. If a person is not “still” when the “It/Curator” turns around, that “Player” goes back to the line, starting over on the next counting. The “It” or “Curator” could also say: 1… 2… 3… Green Light, which meant the “Players” could keep moving. The Yellow Light call meant they had to walk, instead of run. Eventually, a “Player” will take the “It/Curator” place when they can tag them before they say “Red Light”. The “Player” then becomes the “It/Curator” and the game resets, beginning all over again.
As in the game, the rates of each child getting a solid foundation of Who God the Father is, can be thought of as the rate of how quickly they move towards “It” or the “Curator” who is the one calling the numbers “1… 2… 3… RED LIGHT” and turning around to see who didn’t freeze. Each child will approach at a different rate, with different questions and be in differing states of Conviction. If the child doesn’t understand quite what they are doing, then they reset, if you will, going back to the foundation to start building again. The “Players” will be inconsistent in attendance (unfortunately), due to environment, social dynamics and home situations. Sometimes those kids get reset due to those challenges, which is what makes teaching those children more difficult, and thus all the more rewarding in seeing them Trust the Lord for their Salvation.
There is one change in the game that is a “Game Changer” and “Rule Buster” – the teacher WANTS the “Players” to get to him! We should want all individuals to get to the Ultimate Curator – the Lord Jesus Christ, no matter who they are, where they come from, how they got there, when they began or what they’ve done! The Holy Spirit does the Convicting, it is IMPOSSIBLE for us to do so – we are to be guides, FAITHFUL ones to give the Knowledge out. Little can compare to the thrill, humbling and blessing that is received knowing that when one thinks about Salvation, a floodgate of souls come to mind that the Lord has allowed you and I to influence, lead and see become Children of the King, through their acceptance of Christ as their Saviour!
Jesus is our Salvation. PERIOD. He is the Reason we can be Saved. PERIOD. But, WHAT do you know about Salvation? Jesus Saves, Jesus Saves! Now, take a look at what Salvation IS…
Salvation In A Nutshell
Knowledge of Salvation | See the Salvation | Salvation in None Other
Salvation to Every One | Now is Our Salvation | Afflicted for Salvation
Day of Salvation | Gospel of Your Salvation | Turn to My Salvation
Hope of Salvation | Grace That Bringeth Salvation | So Great Salvation
Captain of Their Salvation | Look For Him Unto Salvation | Faith Unto Salvation
Salvation of Your Souls | Great Voice Saying Salvation
This Series is an active part of my life, not a past remembrance of it – one of the reasons these Series are developed. We as Christians need to ask ourselves how active is Salvation to us? The Hymn Jesus Saves is an INCREDIBLE reminder to us of how the Gospel needs to be shared. If you haven’t looked at it lately or may not have ever seen it, read the words. Everything and everywhere are we to be sharing the Good News that Jesus Saves. The seventeen (17) passages of Scripture given that Speak directly (notice the word SPEAK, it is God Who is Speaking) about Salvation, the action of the gift of being Saved. How many come to your mind – people that you and I have shared the Gospel with? There will be tears of sadness, some of gladness, but those are a WHOLE lot better than regret-fulness… Share with someone today that Jesus Saves, as if it were your last opportunity to do so – the rewards are Eternal and the gains are Heavenly – all of which end in VICTORY!!!
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