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Salvation is more than just getting by - Gabriel Stovall

Gabriel Stovall

Gabriel Stovall

“I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely] and find pasture. The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). – John 10:9-10, Amplified Version

I’m saved. What now?

There’s more to salvation than just punching your spiritual ticket and waiting for a big bus from on high to swing down, chariot style and carry you to your heavenly home.

Salvation is not about baptism. Salvation is not just “believe” and “confess.” Salvation is not about “pie-in-the-sky.” It’s not just being “saved.” It’s not name-it-claim-it. It’s far beyond blab-it-grab-it.

Salvation is about access. Jesus says so when He calls Himself the “Door!” No wonder why we trust Him to open doors! We do so because He is the Door. And it is doors that bring access. As a matter of fact, the original Greek word that Jesus uses to describe Himself (“thura”) literally translates to “door” and it means: “the way of free access or entrance.”

So when we’re saved, when we’ve called Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and pledge to make Him master of our lives. When we agree with what the Bible says about Him — that He is the expressed, incarnate image of Almighty God. That He is the Father’s only begotten Son, murdered for our sins, yet made alive for our salvation, we are not merely utilizing “Heaven’s credit” for a futuristic reward. We are signing off on the ultimate package deal! We instantly become heirs!

We are immediately adopted into a divine Family! We are automatically granted access to the Power of all powers, the King of all Kings. The Lord of all Lords! Before us swings open the Everlasting Door, welcoming us to walk down a corridor of blessings, favor and spiritual increase!

Jesus said we’ll go in and out freely! Find pasture. He’s telling us that we’ll have dominion. We’re unrestricted in His will and presence. We are free to rule as God’s vice-regents. David understood and experienced this phenomenon: “You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.” (Psalm 31:8). Adam received this privilege (yet abused it): “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are FREE to eat from any tree in the garden (except, of course, that one)…’ (Genesis 2:15-16(a)). The Apostle Paul wrote about it: “You my brothers, were called to be free!” (Galatians 5:13).

We preach about it, sing about it, write about it, read about it. But why don’t we live in it? Life in Christ is not restrictive, neither is it limited! Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection did not only give us a “get out of hell free” card, but it gave us keys to the Kingdom of abundance and increase! Jesus doesn’t just want you to “get by.” He’s not interested in you “barely making it.” Sure, He allows suffering to accompany our relationship with Him, but it’s for the sake of chiseling us for purpose, not stifling us in pain.

Jesus said, “I’ve come to enhance the quality of your life. I’ve come to make sure you live out your existence to the fullest! I’m here to help you make the most out of all that I’ve given you access to!” That’s what “abundance” is! It’s not less than enough. It’s not just enough. But it’s a life that promises MORE than enough!

What’s stopping you from grabbing it? What’s keeping you from utilizing the free access to abundance? If you’ve made Christ the Lord of your life, it’s already yours. If I were you, I’d get in a hurry to adopt a spiritually stubborn mentality to do whatever it takes to get there! Perhaps you received salvation early in life. Or maybe you just came into a saving knowledge of Christ yesterday. Whatever the case, don’t be satisfied with mediocrity in your Christian walk when Christ has promised you so much more! Live in abundance today!