How I Accidentally Found God and Got Saved
By Angie Lewis
Most people, when you ask them how they were saved, will tell
you they were in church, and the worship leader called those who
had not accepted Christ for their life yet, to come up to the
podium to be saved. But are you truly saved just because a
church leader said so? Are you really saved just because you
believe? Salvation usually comes upon us accidentally because of
your timing being right with God’s timing for you, and that
timing may not be while you are in church.
Technically speaking we are saved when we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, but what is our heart and mind telling us? What are we doing with our belief? Do we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Do we feel that we are a part of God’s family here on earth? To be saved we must repent, feel sorrow for our sins, and be willing to turn our life around.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
II Corinthians 7:10
Did you know that you do not have to be in a church building to be saved? In fact sometimes being in church can stifle the impact of our salvation. Salvation comes from the heart, not because someone said we’re saved.
Salvation is a personal commitment we have with Christ and can happen at anytime and anywhere. Maybe you’re in your car driving to work and your thoughts go to the spiritual nature of your Creator and at once you realize what your true mission is in life, and from that day forward you follow Christ with a willing heart. Maybe you wake up from a drug overdose, grateful to be alive, and you suddenly realize how much you need God. This is how we accidentally find God and are saved. The main point is our willingness to give up our own life for Christ.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
Salvation is so personal that your calling and purpose in life will be nothing like anyone else’s. God may actually lead us to an adventure of our lifetime, preaching the gospel in some foreign country. We don’t know what God will have in store for us until He leads us where He wants us to go. Someday you may be witnessing to others about how you accidentally found God and got saved.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteousness things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Where is God leading you in your salvation? If you are married God wants you to be a good spouse and take care of your family, building them up and encouraging them to be strong in the Lord. God knows that when we’re married and have families most of us will be busy taking care of them because that is where our responsibilities are at that time in our life. If you have children, God wants you to be busy protecting and caring for them as well. If you are single, God may have more in mind for you, and lead you to that adventure of a lifetime. Most importantly, you need to let God lead you, not you lead you to where you think you ought to go.
How will you know if you are saved? I really can’t answer that for you because that is something between you and God. But I do know this much. Salvation is a lifestyle of “doing the will” of God and living our life as Christ-like as humanly possible. The bible is our guidebook, it has all the guidance and wisdom we need towards our salvation and living our purpose in this life on earth. Anyone has the ability to be saved but you must seek Him with all your heart and mind.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
1 John 5:13