I’ve decided that today will be the last day of the #saviorseries. I don’t want to write just for the sake of writing, I want to be able to offer you quality content so today will be the last post for the series, wrapping up with a song about our savior tomorrow.
It’s been good friends, at least for me this series and this topic has opened my eyes up to several things:
- To save is to rescue
- God as our shield will surround us on ALL sides
- We seek His shelter for comfort and strength
- Our Salvation ensures our kingdom inheritance
- Our Good Shepherd knows us and loves us and in response we listen and follow Him
- Praising God is our response to our savior, as a constant posture of heart
What have been some of your takeaways from this series this past month?
I think in light of celebrating the Resurrection and Jesus as our Savior, it continues to highlight that our life is not our own, instead we’ve been bought with a price…
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Many people look at the above verses and immediately think of diet and exercise and healthy choices to honor God with our bodies, but in a very real way we also honor him by choosing His will, and being “living sacrifices” for Him.
As a temple of the Holy Spirit this means quite simply that God dwells within us, we are a sanctuary for His presence.
Honor in this passage comes from the Greek word, doxa, which means, “to glorify, to renown based on value and worth.” We know what God is worth to us, so then we respond in love through faithful acts and praise.
This response is how we also become living sacrifices to glorify God and follow His way.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
A more general takeaway from this series for me has been that each time I highlight or emphasize God’s goodness, faithfulness,grace, mercy, presence, etc… it causes a change in me.
I don’t just recognize who our savior is, but I respond to that realization by changing my thoughts and behaviors to better reflect the character of God.
I try to become more like Him, and I hope and pray that you do the same.
I’ve had a few people who have followed this series tell me that it was good, it has helped them, or they enjoyed it (which are all good things by the way.)
But what my prayer is beyond them liking it or enjoying it is that their hearts and minds will be transformed by it.
My prayer for you is that you will not be the same person that you were at the beginning of the month. That you would allow these truths to penetrate and transform your heart, so you can not only start thinking like Jesus, but also acting like Him.
Where do we go from here?
Ahh, good question. Where you go from here is entirely up to you. Many of us have bibles that are available to us, but they do us no good if we don’t open them up. Any insights that the Holy Spirit has given you during this series or at any other time won’t do you any good if you don’t apply them. So I encourage you to apply what you’ve learned to your everyday life, even if it’s a simple as praising God more throughout your day.
Awareness should always lead to action.
On another note, moving forward in terms of what to expect from me is continued posts weekly (not daily) for the next few months. I will also continue to post resources and opportunities to help you with your spiritual growth.
Take care, sweet friends! I will be posting the #saviorsongsunday tomorrow as a final wrap-up!
P.S: if you are interested in hearing more about my faith through the fire, hows God’s peace lead me to both action and inaction at different times in my life, how God’s peace and protection will guide YOUR life, you can catch the full video below.