Honest Christianity – salvation is not comfortable


“Salvation is not comfortable, there is something terrifying about it.  Salvation is not a gentle application of vaseline to a small cut, but the breaking and resetting of ill set bones.”  From John Harriott SJ Ourselves we cannot save in our Ignatian Daily Readings Book (see previous blogs).

I have been teaching salvation recently with youth and children’s work students at MCYM and this year they were particularly struck by the depth and breadth of their salvation.  What they have been saved from, what they have been saved to, what they have been saved for and why they have been saved.  They were also impacted by the spiritual scope of salvation which is we were saved, we are being saved and we will be saved.  Exploring that so much of our salvation is down solely to the work of Christ, but working out our salvation now is our responsibility.

I wish I had this quote when I taught them as it continues to affirm the magnitude of our need of salvation and the consequences with and without it.  I like this quote as it not only stresses our healing but that sometimes things need to be rebroken for them to be healed affectively and correctly.  In my work as a chaplain I frequently see the need for this for the classic saying short term pain for long term gain.  This is difficult to explain and accept as an adult, let alone to a child.  But in our salvation it seems to ring especially true.

Reflect on this, there is something frightening about our salvation:  Work out your own salvation with fear and trembllng; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  Philippians 2.12-13.


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