Understanding Salvation through Spiritual Autobiography
Spiritual journaling can help your understand the role of salvation in your spiritual autobiography or spiritual memoir. This page can give you some direction for keeping a spiritual journal that will assist you in understanding salvation's role in your spiritual story. Understanding the role of salvation in our story is about understanding how little we have to offer God in contrast with how God can redeem what we do have to offer.
We really don’t have anything astounding to stand before God with at the end. We’re all painfully ordinary and painfully flawed. Yet, it’s never too late to get it right. When we see Jesus, some of us might say something like, “Why didn’t I see You all along? Only You are God!” People kinda like me might think, “I’ve lived a selfish life. Will You still have me?” Others might see the truth and respond, “I’ve done evil all my life. I’ve killed people. I’ve done horrible things. Please forgive me. Please take me with You.” Truthfully, all our lives are lived tragically. We never even begin to enter in to what we were really supposed to be. That’s why I like the idea that all our lives can be redeemed in our very last moments. That’s why I like the idea that our redemption can lie in the choice we make with our very last breath. That’s why Jesus is my king. He is the way we all still have a chance.
I boldly admit that I’m a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son. I believe our salvation can only be found through Him. I don’t think I’m better because I believe these things. In our last moments all our hearts will betray us. Jesus’ eyes are piercing. They cut through all the bravado and the falsity. We all understand some truth but it’s in bits and pieces. Christians carry foolishness and lies. So do Non-Christians. We all have our idols that we worship. We all have our lies we believe. We all have ways we fail to love. We can’t hide the things that we store in our hearts from Him. He knows all.
God knows all about me. He knows how badly I need Him. I pray that He can help me, and I know that he will. It's a simple prayer of salvation: I ask for help and God gives it to me. It's not a complicated prayer, with incantations and rules to abide by. It's just a simple act of asking God to help me that leads to my protection and salvation. God is listening and He knows all. It's that simple.
How do you feel about asking God to help you? Do you have a prayer for protection and salvation? Are you uncomfortable about "needing" a savior? How do you feel about needing God? Is there a place for that need in your story?