We don’t eat out a lot in our house. It’s not that we are opposed to it or anything we just try to save money as much as possible. When we do get to go out it is a treat! We love our local Mexican food place. I have a favorite, Eleanor has a favorite and Andrew gets whatever he’s feeling. One thing I love about eating at the Mexican place is that you get chips and salsa as a bonus and it doesn’t cost anything. Can I get an AMEN?! I have never been to eat at a Mexican place with anybody where they have said, “No, no free chips and salsa for us.” Um, no, that’s just not normal. But we do this all the time in our relationship with Christ. We are okay with accepting the salvation that He paid for but all the “extras” we don’t really care for.
Everywhere you turn it seems like there’s always a bonus or a free this or a buy one get one or no tax or something. There’s a hook on high dollar items to peek our interest so we’ll want to check it out. Those hooks are extras companies throw in or add on to try and sweeten the deal. It probably cost them very little but as humans, we love to feel like we are getting a deal.
Jesus is not a company and His deals aren’t cheesy, but He does offer us more than just salvation. He has a whole kingdom full of treasures that we rarely even ask about. Why? Why do we stop at salvation and feel like we are done? Is that really all we want? Aren’t we interested in ALL Jesus paid for?
Saved is Step One
The cross. It was on that cross, over 2,000 years ago that Jesus paid for our sins. He laid His life down so that we could know what life was. It was that cross that meant we could have a relationship with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. So many times the cross is where we stop. We rejoice in what was done on the cross and never move past that point. But the cross was really on step one. Salvation was the beginning to all that Jesus truly wanted to give us. Many times we are happy with being content in salvation. We are saved, we are on our way to heaven, why rock the boat, right? But, by stopping there we are limiting the rest of what Jesus paid for that day. He didn’t just open the door for salvation, He opened the door for us to walk in power.
In John 14:12-13 Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
“Greater works than these will he do.” If we stop and think about all that Jesus did while He was on earth it’s pretty daunting. He healed the sick, raised the dead, brought sight to the blind, opened deaf ears, cleansed lepers, etc. etc. etc. He did countless miracles and taught countless numbers of people. He did not stop at being a nice person. He wasn’t content to just go to the Temple, give His sacrifices and go home. No. He knew He was created for more than that and He knows we are too.
We, as believers, were supposed to carry the torch when Jesus ascended not drop it. He did not die for us to live powerless, hopeless lives.
Saved Isn’t Enough
“Why do I feel so depressed? Why can’t I overcome the enemy? Why can’t I seem to pray with power?” Have you ever heard those questions or even asked them yourself? There was a time in my life that I did. I didn’t understand authority was or that I could walk in it. Michelle McClain-Walters puts it perfectly, “True authority comes when Jesus becomes the Lord of our lives, not just the Savior.” Once we begin to understand that Jesus is not just our Savior but also our Lord we begin to understand the power AND authority we walk in. Michelle also clarifies that “Satan has power but he does not have authority. Power does not scare Satan but authority does because it is what Jesus used to stop his works in the earth. Authority beats power.”
God didn’t just send His only Son so we could all have a ticket to heaven and live happily ever after. He didn’t watch His Son be beaten with shards of glass and metal so we can check our attendance chart at church and pay our 10%. Those are good things, but those are the baseline things. He sacrificed His Son to see His people, His precious craftsmanship, walk in power and stomp on the devil. Every day that we walk in less the devil walks in more, he gains more ground, more power, and more souls. It’s time to put an end to that by reminding him of the authority that dwells in us through Jesus.
Saved isn’t enough now and it wasn’t enough 100 years ago. Saved isn’t what transforms cities, states, governments or nations. Saved only gets us to heaven but we were made to bring heaven to earth.
Time to Arise
We are not citizens of earth, but we were placed here with the responsibility to change our culture and transform nations. Jesus told the disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).”
If we look at this verse and compare it with the passage from John then that would mean that Jesus was telling us we have authority now too. He didn’t die and rise again to leave us with a powerless Gospel where miracles stopped with Apostles or revivals died with the Reformation. He is alive and well and His Holy Spirit is just as active today as it was then the only difference, we settled for salvation being enough. I don’t know about you but I want ALL His blood paid for. Not just entrance into heaven but the ability to release heaven in my home, in my church, in my town, and in my state. I’m not satisfied with enough, I want to push past enough into abundance and overflow.
It is time to arise and walk in all God has for us. Time for the gifts to flow, for Walmart to be inundated with prayer warriors who want to see miracles happen. It is time for our children to prophesy and our worshippers to arise and praise Him with the dance and the flag. Sisters, let’s be unified and decide that saved isn’t enough for us anymore, we want ALL God has for us!