What does it mean to be saved?

Frederick Buechner writes: “Salvation is an experience first and a doctrine second. Doing the work you’re best at doing and like to do best, sharing great music, having great fun, seeing something very beautiful , weeping at somebody else’s tragedy – all these experiences are related to the experience of salvation because in all of them two things happen: (1) you lose yourself, and (2) you find that you are more fully yourself than usual.”

“You do not love God so that, he will then save you. To love God is to be saved. To love anybody is a significant step along the way.”

He’s saying that being saved is not some ticket to heaven later, but about being all who God created us to be. Now.

Jesus says that we can’t do it by ourselves – we can’t through our own efforts be saved. “It’s impossible with human beings, but not with God. All things are possible for God.” Mark 10:27 CEB

Maybe it’s just me, but I want to be saved…from politics, from climate change, from worrying about my kids and grandkids, from finances, from the future, from all the thoughts that clutter my mind. And it’s so easy to think, “Well, someday all this will be over and THEN I hope to be saved.”

But – Jesus says it’s not about what we do or what’s going on around us. It’s about loving God and loving people – and stepping into the kingdom of God here and now.

That’s a gift.

Thank you God.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we gather to worship, praise and thank our God. And, love each other. In person or via the stream.

Grace be with you,


“Beyond Words – Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith” by Frederick Buechner © 2004 page 354-355

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