A Tale of Two Sons
Text: Luke 1:57-80 | Listen to Message
What’s The Point of Salvation?
Many professing Christians live as if the only point of salvation is to punch their ticket to heaven. They’ve prayed a prayer, they’ve asked for forgiveness, they’ve maybe even joined a church, but they go right on living as if Jesus has nothing to say about how they live here and now. Their faith is little more than fire insurance.
Do you think that way? Do you default to acting as if salvation has something to say about your future, but not your present?
Or maybe you don’t think about this at all. You’re going through life as a believer, but it never even occurs to you to ask, “What is the purpose for which I’ve been saved? And how I am living for that purpose today?”
In the great hymn of praise known as “The Benedictus,” Zechariah shares with us the purpose of our salvation. He says God “has visited and redeemed his people…so that, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days” (Luke 1:68, 74-75). We are saved to serve Jesus Christ today, tomorrow, and forever!
The word “serve” here means to serve as an act of worship. It is not merely worshiping or merely serving; it is both. Jesus came down and rescued you so that you might live for his glory, declare his supreme praiseworthiness, and enjoy him now and forever.
The Westminster Catechism puts it like this: Question: “What is the chief end of man?” Answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”
The purpose of your life and the point of your salvation are one and the same: lose yourself in worshiping and enjoying God – living in the reality of His personality, His presence, His power, His promises, and His purpose for your life!