Making it personal

Perhaps one of the most common things heard when it comes to a conversion to Christianity is the making of Jesus one’s personal savior.  Someone who is already a Christian might say, ” When I was ‘fifteen, I made Jesus my personal savior.”  Really?  You can do that?  Right before an altar call, you’ll often hear, “If you’re ready to make Jesus Christ your personal savior, then I want you to come down to the altar blah, blah, blah…”  No, seriously?  Can you really do that?  When reading a tract that was given to you or you found lying about somewhere, at the end it may say, “If you want to make Jesus your personal savior, than say this prayer…”  Wow!  Apparently you can do that.

Or maybe you can’t.

Here’s the main problem with making Jesus your personal savior; you can’t do it.  I could tell you to believe me.  I know.  I tried.  I’m living proof that you can’t make Jesus your personal savior.  The thing is, I’m a pretty piss-poor reason as to why you can’t make Jesus your personal savior.  I mean, just because I couldn’t doesn’t mean you can’t, right?  Well, let’s take a look at the problems with making Jesus your personal savior.

First of all, if you were to make Jesus Christ your personal savior, than that would be a work that you would do.  In fact, it would be such a powerful work that you do that it would render his entire sacrifice on the cross useless.  In effect, Jesus would be able to have stood on the sidelines, sinned, not have to be God, not have to be human, etc. and just said, “Hey, pick me!”  This wouldn’t end with Jesus, either.  The language of making Jesus your personal savior indicates that logically, you could pick anyone or anything to be your personal savior and everything will turn out dandy.  But you can’t just pick anyone.  In fact, you can’t even pick Jesus.  And there’s another reason for that.

Jesus IS your personal savior.  When he died on the cross for the sins of all the world, he became your personal savior because he is the ONLY savior.  There is nothing else in this world that can save you from your sin.  Sure, you can reject him, but you can’t choose to make him your savior because he already is.  I didn’t choose to make Jesus Christ my savior.  He already was.  And he gave me my faith.

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4 thoughts on “Making it personal

  1. Greg Eilers says:

    Good stuff, Brad. You nailed this, and yet there are many other ways to nail it, like the fact that we are dead in sin and dead people can’t do anything. Keep up the good work. (It was delightful!)

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    • Thanks, Greg. You’re right, there are so many other ways to nail it, so thank you for throwing in your two cents. I really like the way you put it (that dead people can’t do anything).

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  2. theoldadam says:

    This whole “free-will” thing…is a cancer in churches. It starts people off on a project…and then keeps them on a project…where ‘they’ are at the center.

    Thanks for reminding us of the truth of the matter.

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    • Ain’t that the truth. Seriously, once I realized that there was nothing that I could do, that was a huge, huge weight lifted off of my shoulders and any despair I had was lifted away. I think one problem people don’t realize when they talk about making Jesus their personal savior is that it takes the saving away from Jesus and “allows” them to save themselves. To put it another way, if I made Jesus my personal savior, than Jesus didn’t save me; I saved me.

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