“Hit the Save Button Now”
It has probably happened to everybody who has operated a computer. Because it has happened to me, I now have a little yellow post it note on the keyboard of my computer that says, “Save it quickly.”
I recently heard my step-daughter, Lisa, relate this story that happened in her work place. One of the workers in the office spent a whole day painstakingly entering data into the computer. She was shown in the very beginning what to do to save her work. She apparently was so focused on getting it entered just right, that she went the whole day without ever hitting the save button.
At the end of the day when she exited out of the program, she apparently hit “no” when the little “do you want to save this” window came up. In an instant, the whole day’s work vanished. That was data entry. It can be entered again. Spontaneous creative work cannot be reentered.
The first lesson to learn in operating a computer is to get into the habit of saving your work. Don’t flirt with fate. Lisa also related how she had done a sizable amount of work on the computer one time and just as she was about to save it, the electricity went off in the building. Her work was lost. We are all a unique creative work of God. He did not make a mold to make several copies of you. You are it, the one and only.
When Jesus laid his life down for you, it was not for one of several of you, and if one does not make it, no big deal, another one will. No. If you don’t make it, that piece of work is lost forever. One aspect of God’s salvation for all mankind is that it is like a business transaction, like working with a document on a computer. You choose to do what needs to be done to save the document that is before you. The Bible says the word of God is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart, that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Whoever believes on him will not be ashamed. God is rich toward all that call upon him, for whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved – Romans 10:8-13.
The first step in knowing that when your computer shuts down, the piece of work that you are will be saved, is to simply hit the save button. Do the business transaction with God. Give him the reins of your life. Then whatever else needs to happen in your life, you can read it in God’s word, he is faithful, he will be working in you to make sure you get what you need with no loss. Don’t let the electricity go off on you before you get saved and all is lost.
Jackie Calhoun is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org