When I was younger I heard folks around me talking down the idea that Jesus is your personal Savior. Don’t know why they wanted to make such a big deal about it, except that maybe they joined that concept of Jesus being a personal savior to some false denominational doctrine. We have to be careful about going so far to fight a false doctrine that we make the Bible say what it doesn’t say. We end up just as guilty or more than the people we are trying to correct.
But the reality is, Jesus did personally save you if you are a Christian. You have a personal, intimate relationship with the Father. The Holy Spirit was promised to you personally as a guarantee of your salvation. Paul’s conversion story is spread throughout Acts and his letters. You can see what the Lord did for him personally.
What I want to share with you today from the Word is that the Holy Spirit does save everyone the same way, through the blood of Jesus Christ. But He works on you as an individual.
- The Spirit gives you unique gifts according to His will (1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Peter 4:10). The “grace” of God in this sense is varied, God gives His diverse gifts to a diversity of people. You have been uniquely blessed and gifted by God, believe it!
- He places you distinctly and personally in the body just where He wants you (1 Corinthians 12). An example of this is the specific work in a specific location the Holy Spirit had for two people, Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:2).
- The Holy Spirit knows your prayer life and the groanings of your heart. You have your own circumstances, level of faith and maturity, and unique needs. He knows you cannot pray as you ought, so He uniquely and personally connects your heart with the Father’s (Romans 8:26-27).
- Your growth in the Spirit is individual. The fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, etc., Galatians 5:22-23) is not cookie-cutter, carbon-copy growth. Jesus told us that some produce 30 fold, others produce 60 fold and others produce 100 fold (Matthew 13:23).
- He has begun a good work in you (Philippians 1:6) and He is creating in you both the desire and the action (Philippians 2:13).
- Think of the 4 gospel accounts. The product from beginning to end was the work of the Holy Spirit, but each gospel account reflects the personality, background, language, experiences, and research of the author.
More could be said, but I write this to encourage you to be thankful and stand in awe of how the Holy Spirit works uniquely in each of us to transform us into Jesus’ image and to make us fit for the Lord’s service.