by Kevin Litchfield
While reading John Ortberg’s book Eternity is Now in Session, I was struck by this quote: “If you’ve been around churches much, you know that ‘saving faith’ is a really important Bible idea. But many people in churches, whether they know it or not, define saving faith as the bare minimum I have to believe such that if I believe it, God has to let me into heaven when I die.
To have saving faith is not to believe the minimum amount so God has to let us in. To have saving faith is to believe what Jesus himself believed, to see what Jesus himself saw, so that you naturally do what Jesus himself will do.”
Ortberg writes, “Salvation isn’t about getting you to heaven; it’s about getting heaven into you. It’s not about relocation; it’s about transformation. It’s not about what God wants to do to you; it’s about what God wants to do in you. It’s about allowing Jesus’s Kingdom life to permeate our little lives one moment, one choice at a time.”