Call on the Name of the Lord
Posted under The Rectory Bulletin
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. (Joel 2:32)
Well there it is, Christianity is really that simple. God offers salvation, and all that you need to do in order to receive it is call on the name of the Lord. You don’t need to do sixteen good deeds before breakfast, or donate vast sums to charity. You don’t need to learn a great wealth of doctrines, or be able to recite the creed by heart. All you need to do is call on the name of the Lord.
You don’t need to be from a certain background, or be at any particular stage of life. “Everyone” says the text, which is pretty broad. Surely you fall within the category of “everyone”. However good, however wretched you feel, you can be certain that “everyone” includes you.
So why not call on his name? Why try and devise another scheme, or try and find solutions elsewhere? God is closer than a neighbour, and if you call on him, if you cry out “Lord save me”, then he will do just that.
Christianity really is that simple, but how often we find it the hardest thing in the world! How often do you hunt for salvation in family, friends, money, health or causes? Sometimes the easiest thing can be the hardest: simple trust. Well, if that is the case remember that you are one of that crowd of “everyone” and call out! And you shall be saved.