“So Where’s Your ‘Get Yourself Saved’ Page?”

This really is a great question! As I grow in Christ, I see more and more that anything that is going to happen will happen because of the Holy Spirit. This includes salvation. But there is no “formula.” God is creative. He also treats us as individuals. (To me, this is similar to how Jesus healed everyone who came to Him, but each healing was done differently.)

For me, Chapter 3 of John’s Gospel is key, and particularly this verse.

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 (NRSV)

Very briefly, here is my own spiritual birth account. I was in either the first or second grade. There was a great deal of hurt in my life. I was outside, and it was night. I felt the presence of Jesus right beside me though I did not see Him. Jesus rolled back the veil of the physical world and showed me the spiritual world. All around us in the night sky were glowing orange-red lights above houses along the horizon. There were flames, dark black smoke, and frameworks of burned structures. There was intense hurting everywhere, and I knew in my heart I was destined to grow up to be someone who created hurt in the lives of other people unless Jesus did something. I would become someone who hurt others and I would pay for hurting others. All that I knew to do was to ask in desperation, “Jesus, please help me!” Then I lost consciousness, though not because of what I had seen.

This experience had all of the elements that most people would agree are important: a realization that humankind is sinful and has no way of escaping this sinful state without the intervention of God, an understanding and acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is God’s only means of escape, a humble request made to Jesus for help.

This memory lay buried deep inside, beneath my conscience for many years. This can happen, particularly when there has been deep hurt in a person’s life. I never felt that the “say this prayer then sign and date so you never doubt” from Sunday School ever worked, even though I always did the steps and prayed the prayer. Many years later I remember that experience at night and understood why. I had already been born of the Spirit. (Being spiritually born is a “one time only and irreversible” event.)

In junior high and high school I was very interested in the occult and witchcraft. Those kinds of books from the library occupied my reading time. Between my junior and senior years of high school, I was in a summer educational program and a friend I met there shared with me “The Four Spiritual Laws” booklet. This put me back on God’s path, though it felt like “for the first time” rather than “again.”

It’s difficult for me to write a set of steps to follow or a prayer to say because I believe that not everyone experiences being born of the Spirit the same way. Eventually there will be a Page here like that, though after reading this, I hope you can see why it will probably not be titled “How To Get Yourself Saved” and why I want to to try to encompass a variety of experiences while working with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. 

One final note…I have purposely said only “a great deal of hurt in my life” without going into details or naming specifics because that’s not important to this particular post. Maybe in future posts, I don’t know. This more vague wording, I believe, gives me a better opportunity to connect with a broader range of readers with a broader range of experiences. Pain is pain, but God’s gentle healing is God’s gentle healing.

11 thoughts on ““So Where’s Your ‘Get Yourself Saved’ Page?”

  1. I’ve never been able to point to a specific moment in my life where I could tell someone “I was definitely saved then.” Instead, I’ve seen the fruit of how learning about Jesus and giving my life to Him along the way has drastically changed my life. I know that I am a follower because I follow Him. I love because He first loved me. When I direct my love first to Jesus and filter what I do for others that way, I see the evidence of His truth and have faith in His promises. I don’t think it is a moment of conversion. I don’t think it can be boiled down into a straightforward “how to” guide. People are different, so our experiences with Jesus are different. What’s important is that we meet Him and grow in our faith in Him.

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    1. Thanks, Neal. I absolutely agree with you. I believe much of this may depend upon the Christian tradition in which you were raised.

      I recall very close friends of mine who raised all of their children in the Methodist faith. Their oldest son got deeply involved in drugs. He went into a year-long rehab facility that was affiliated with the Baptist faith. They weren’t too sure about his desire to get baptized again as an adult, but for him and in his situation it was a defining moment. His brother just has always had that “knowing” and sense of Christ’s presence and working in his life.

      Two different experiences in one family, but one Lord, one Savior!

      Thanks again for contributing from your own personal experience!

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  2. You have been thru a lot spiritually. How wonderful Jesus warned you when you were young. He warned my father also, when he was in his twenties. Unfortunately Dad didn’t listen to God, unless he did right before he died and I don’t know about it.

    God warned me too when I was 19. I had a dream Jesus was returning to earth in the sky and i was partying and not ready. I felt great terror. After I was baptised I had another dream. I was with my little girl, Jesus returned and we were going to go to heaven with him. Great joy.

    Wonderful how God reaches out to everyone. He is just the greatest. I agree conversion is a long process and different for everyone.

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  3. This is a good post, and something that needs to be said. I think God moves through each life differently, and people approach God differently. There is no one size fits all approach to God or an individual interacts with God.

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  4. I know exactly when I was saved: I was on the verge of suicide. A years before, my best friend had comitted suidice, and then my step-mother told me that because of it, he was burning in Hell. I went into a depression that lasted years. I was also dealing with the very real possibilty of being a homosexual. I bought a bunch of pills and as I was about to take them, I saw the Bible my father had sent me sticking from the bed. At the time I had received it, I was still very angry at him and his wife, so I had thrown it across the room. I didn’t know where it had landed, I had wound up under the edge of the bed, turned to Romans. I dropped the pills and the first verse I read was 10:9 : “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” I was confused, because it didn’t say anything about being gay. So I prayed to God and began crying out for Him to save me. I fell asleep crying.
    The next morning I went to work, and I could feel something different, but I wasn’t sure what it was. When I got there I realized what was different; I WASN’T DEPRESSED ANYMORE! I WAS SAVED!!! But that was only the start of my walk with Christ.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing this, and I pray this will help others struggling with suicidal thoughts. I’m so grateful that Christ stepped in to help you at just the right time and that he continues to see you through whatever challenges you face!

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  5. Good post, John. The new birth is exactly that and the Lord was very clear in the verses from John’s Gospel which you quoted. This has not stopped many Christians from rejecting this truth or rewriting it to their liking. There is no doubt that each salvation experience is relatively unique when considering all factors and experiences of one’s life. Yet, we also have very clear foundational and historical truths which can easily be researched and brought forth as long as there is no religious bias or alternative agendas clouding the process. This is why the Book of Acts is a key starting point in explaining what the Lord Jesus meant in John 3. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you, RJ! I appreciate that! You might not believe how many edits and rewrites go into these posts! The graphics part is always very easy. I look at the graphics and they say (at last to me) what I want to say. It’s the extra words under the graphics that give me the greatest challenge!

      At one time in my life, I was very rigid in my thinking, sort of like a self-imposed form of fundamentalism. God is so much bigger, so much more gracious than my former thinking allowed Him to be in my life.

      Yet I truly do not want to steer anyone in a wrong direction, and so knowing that people like you will read and respond (even if it’s just a simple “John, you may want to rethink that”) is truly valued and appreciated!

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