4 On-earth Benefits of Salvation

Don’t sugarcoat it. Right?

In fact, tell them that life will be full of pain and sorrow if they trust Christ as Savior. After all, being a Christian is not a piece of cake.

It’s more like a bitter pill. Just swallow it. Right?

I don’t think so.

Many times when the gospel is shared with a non-Christian, in the effort to NOT sugarcoat things, we leave out the supernatural gifts of God in our lives on earth. Sure, we don’t want to lead someone to believe that if they become a Christian then life will be perfect. In many cases, life does become harder for someone who has faith in Jesus. (Christians are persecuted everyday in many countries around the world.)

So how should we talk to the lost person about the many benefits of everlasting life here on earth?

Life is hard for both Christians and non-Christians. Pain is pain. Jesus felt ultimate pain–emotionally, physically, and spiritually. But the differences between a Christian and a non-Christian enduring pain are many. Here are just a few. And they certainly are supernatural.

1. Joy can be abundant. Nehemiah 8:10 says “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” There was a sadness among the people over conviction from hearing the Scriptures read. Nehemiah made a statement that carries over many circumstances: the joy of the Lord is your strength. God has joy. His joy is perfect and supernatural. His joy can be full in me during emotionally, physically, or spiritually painful situations. His joy gives me strength to endure. I can smile, and my smile isn’t fake because the joy in my heart didn’t come from me. The unbeliever cannot have this joy.

2. Peace is perfect. Read Philippians 4:6-7. Prayer and thanksgiving bring an unearthly peace that is unexplainable to the world. Peace can be experienced in the midst of pain. It’s not the absence of crisis. Instead, it’s the supernatural knowledge that I will be OK because I’m in His hands. He is all-powerful. He is love. And I am the apple of His eye. The non-Christian is unable to experience this peace.

3. Hope does not disappoint. The one who does not believe in Jesus can hope all he wants to, but to no avail. There is no hope apart from Christ. But, as the Christian has guaranteed hope of entering heaven, he also has guaranteed hope while on earth. My hope is in my heavenly Father, and this hope does not disappoint. Here is what I’m guaranteed to have because my hope is in Him: He always loves me and will love me always; He cherishes time with me; He is my Shield and Fortress; He is my Protector; He hides me; He places me high upon a rock; He forgives me when I wrong Him. The non-Christian has no hope.

4. Grace continues. This, I have trouble explaining. His grace on me. I don’t know why He continues to give it–other than that it is His character to do so. But when life punches me in the gut and I hurt, it is His grace that carries me. His grace is the light that leads me through the storm. His grace is the down comforter that covers me when I’m sad and cold. His grace is undeserved and cannot be earned. It is free and always in abundance. It’s always enough.

The unbeliever does not have grace on him.

Nor does he have joy or peace or hope.

Isn’t that sad?

So why not tell him that you have joy, peace, hope, and grace because you belong to God? Believing in Jesus alone saves from sin. This salvation will bring us to heaven. But this everlasting life does not start when we die. It starts the moment we have faith in Him. And everlasting life is so much more than the life we once had.

Question: How have you experienced His joy, peace, hope, and grace during life’s troublesome times?


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1 Comment

  • Glenda Jansson
    28 Feb 2012

    Amen! and Amen!

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