Are You Saved?

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Are You Saved?

Are You Saved?

“Are you saved? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” The questions took me aback for two reasons. First of all, I hadn’t had to answer that question since high school. Second, a good Christian woman with whom I had been friends since I had only three children (I now have nine) was asking it of me. Perhaps because I was surprised by the question, maybe even a little hurt [so much for, “They will know you are my disciples by your love for one another” (John 13:35)], I did not feel that I answered justly. This was how our conversation went:

“Are you saved?”

“Yea, two thousand years ago, when Jesus died for my sins.”

“True, but have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?”

“Yes, of course.”

 

Then I mentioned something about my Baptism and Confirmation. She nodded, somewhat unconvincingly and the topic of conversation was changed. But my mind was still stuck on the previous questions. Boy, did I miss a chance to evangelize about the Catholic Church. That night, while I was praying, I asked God to forgive me for missing the wonderful opportunity He laid right before me. I promised never to miss out again if ever I was asked that ever so important question. Now my answer would be more like this:

Indeed, I was born again at my Baptism. Jesus has been living in my heart since then. What my parents professed on my behalf and the faith they taught me as I was growing up, I accepted as my own at my Confirmation when I was 14. It was then that I publically stated my belief in Jesus as my Savior, as well as the Father as my Creator and the Holy Spirit as my Sanctifier. I also renounced Satan and all his evil works and empty promises.

Still, at every Mass, I ask my Lord into my heart. He answers that prayer in the Eucharist as He truly, physically comes to me. With every confession of my sins, both sacramental and personal, I confess Jesus as my Savior.

Most of all, through the course of my life, Jesus has become more to me than just my Savior (though I am, literally, eternally grateful to Him for His willingness to die for me). Jesus Christ is my Savior, my Brother, my Friend, my Best Friend, my Lover. He is my inspiration, my motivation, my reason for living and my reason for giving life. I recognize Him as the source of my strength, my patience, my perseverance, my gentleness, my charity, my goodness. Anything good in me has been given to me by the merits of Jesus Christ through His Spirit. And through that Holy Spirit, He helps me to be holy, as His Father is holy, so that I may reap the benefits of His saving action. Then, one day – one glorious, beautiful, eternal day, I know I will see Him face to face.

Well, next time, that is how I plan to answer any such questions about my salvation. How about you? How would you answer the question, “Have you been saved?”

Copyright 2013 Kelly Guest

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God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.

18 Comments

  1. melanie jean juneau on

    as a former protestant, I understand their anxiety and insistence on a specific, verbal acceptance of Jesus as Saviour. Yet they fail to grasp the power of the sacraments and the grace and mercy which is poured out on us. I have found verbal declarations a useful tool in times of change, purification or trials. There is something about the spoken wor, in the power of the Spirit which can move personal mountains.

    • Melanie, thanks so much for your insight. How blessed you are that, because of your journey with the Lord, you have a great insight and understanding. Thanks for sharing with me.

  2. Kathy Majerowicz on

    What a great answer to that age old question. But your post also served as a reminder to be aware of my motives for my actions. Am I offering up my daily activities as a gift to God or just going about my day mindless of the way God wants to use each moment? Am I prayful engaged at mass or going through the motions? How important it is to remember the graces Gods wants to share with us in our everyday lives. Thanks for the wonderful and thoughtful post.

  3. Kelly,
    As always, your post inspires me. I have been asked the Salvation Question many times by my students. My previous answer of “Yes” was so inadequate. I will do better next time.
    Thank you.

  4. I always add that as Catholics we get to renew our Baptismal vows several times a year, always at Easter, whenever we witness another Baptism (quote frequently in my large Parish), Confirmations, etc.

    • Indeed, as Catholics, we get many opportunities to profess Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Our relationship with him is personally and sacramental. We literally have the best of both worlds!

  5. Luis Alvarez on

    Hey Kelly! Is it all right for a Catholic Dad to comment in these posts…? I know it is.
    What a great insight into the difference between the vision of our separated brothers and our own. Of course we have accepted Jesus as our own saviour…! And in so many different ways and times!
    Being a Catholic is an every day job, it starts every morning, 23 seconds before we open our eyes, and then through every moment of every day. May God grant us the strength to be faithful at all times, and if we fail, return to him through means of pennance and the sacrament of reconciliation!

    • Luis, I love the “23 seconds before we open our eyes” part! But for me, I am usually awake way more than 23 seconds before I open my eyes!

  6. Kel,

    Great answer!!! I was recently visiting New Orleans and came upon a Protesant young man preaching on a street corner. During part of his sermon, he questioned the merits of Catholic salvation. I confronted him when he finished preaching. We went back and forth, each arguing our point of view. I concluded by saying ” we can continue this coversation some day in heaven”. He looked at me befuddled as I walked away.

    • Excellent way to end an evangelizing conversation that is going no where. Good one, Will! Keep evangelizing!

  7. Dear Kelly-again you get to the heart of the mattter, great insight, and your Love for Our Lord and Savior always shines through. As I was ill and in the hospital I was asked several times by various non Catholic people if I felt that I had a relationship with God, was I saved, and did I believe. My answer was a resounding yes and then someome asked well how do I know. I tried to explain about how we as Catholics have many opportunities to live and profess our faith daily, and throughout our liturgical Year, and that although it is work, your relationship with God can only get stronger and your faith grow.
    Faith is knowing that He is with us always and believing that if you make peace with your situation God will get you through it. I know that he carried me through a dark time and here I am getting better, with a remewed sense of greatfullness, appreciation, and a deeper understanding of our faith and Love of Our Lord.

    • Kelly Guest on

      You have such wisdom, Bob. A virtue we often gain through suffering. He did seem to work a miracle for you and your family, no doubt because of your great love and faith.. May God continue to bless you and grant you good health and continued growth in faith.

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