‘Salvation’ is a word that lies at the very heart of our Christian tradition. It’s a word associated with, ‘deliverance from harm, ruin or loss’. We use it to describe a good Samaritan who helps us sort out our car, broken down on the side of the road – ‘You’re my saviour today!’ – as well as to speak of the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross.
Each of us needs saving in the fullest sense of the word, that is, through the passion of Christ in his earthly ministry, yet we also need saving from ourselves and the circumstances we chance upon day to day. I have spoken with many people over the years about their struggles with depression and suicide, pornography, addiction to money, drugs or alcohol, relationships – the list goes on. Seldom have I found myself talking to an evil person, and all too often have felt I might have been looking into a mirror. As human beings, we are fractured and our hearts and minds stray into attractive yet forbidden arenas.
When temptation strikes, I think I rather enjoy playing with fire and convincing myself I shall not succumb to its lure, and instead make a valiant, if vain, attempt to walk that line. Needless to say, the odds are stacked against me, and I shall fall. Thomas à Kempis, the great mystic, explained long ago that to entertain a thought is to take a giant step towards turning it into a deliberate action.
The psalmist advises us all to call out to God to preserve one’s life, a life we hold in trust from God our creator. I am keen to live a life increasingly devoted to living God’s way in God’s world. In spite of the shame, I must acknowledge my vulnerabilities and the darker aspects of my human nature. In making these known to someone I trust, in as far as they don’t conspire with me in my wrong thinking and no doubt wrongdoing, I can more likely live the God-filled life effectively
(Dr Micha Jazz)
With many peaceful blessings