Salvation isn’t a business transaction–it’s a heart dance

Once when I was praying, these words came to my heart: “The worst condition a person can be in is to think they’re saved (and a Christ-follower) when they’re not.” Someone has said, “The Gospel is actually knowing God. ” It’s not just knowing about Him.  If I think I’m saved when, I’m not, I’ll settle into a false sense of religious security based on my knowledge about Jesus and unintentionally substitute my knowledge about Him for a humble, submitted growing relationship with Him.

The more I get to personally know the living Jesus, the more I realize that my knowledge about Him is rather sketchy. The more I love Him and surrender to His will, the less need I feel to try to figure out all the theological details about Him. Instead, I prefer to bask in His presence and get lost in His splendor and wonder!

I continually invite the Holy Spirit to lead me so that I can know, experience, surrender to, and obey the risen Jesus better. I continually experience this beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness . . .” Although I have an M.Div. degree and have spent all my adult life daily reading the Bible and more Christian books than I can count, my informational knowledge about God is minimal, but my heart continually dances with joy in His presence.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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2 Responses to Salvation isn’t a business transaction–it’s a heart dance

  1. Marcus says:

    That is so true. And I can so identify with your description of being a true follower of Jesus. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Marcus Hurst says:

    May I quote most of this post in a book I am writing? Please email me at, and I would like to discuss some further details with you, Steve.

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