There have been times in my journey with God that I have doubted the security and eternal nature of my salvation. During these seems, I besought God for His reassurance. These episodes inevitably followed a sinful escapade in my life. I may have lost my temper or been unreasonably impatient with someone. In more egregious accounts, I willfully disobeyed God and chose to follow my sinful desires. God, in His mercy and grace, brought me to my knees to confess and repent of my sins. But in spite of His loving kindness, I sometimes wondered if I was truly saved? Would someone who has experienced the unsearchable and unfathomable depths of God’s love, truly turn away from Him?
A recent incident grounded me in the assurance of my salvation. My daughter was going through a difficult time in her life. As we attended our Sunday church service and listened to the sermon, I know the Holy Spirit was convicting me of my sins. The sermon was an uncompromising message, Jesus Christ centered and focused solely upon the holiness of God. As we exited the church, I turned to her and said, “Sweetheart, how did you like the sermon? I know it was a pretty tough message.”
Without missing a beat, she replied, “I liked the message. I needed to hear it.”
Tears welled up in my eyes. Throughout the sermon, I was praying that God would draw her closer to Him. All I cared about was she would find peace with God. Later, as I reflected upon this answered prayer, I realized that God was working in my heart as well. If I was not truly saved, why would I care about my daughter’s spiritual welfare? Why would I care if anyone was saved? Why would I even care about anyone else?
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 (ESV)
When I reflect upon the intense longing and pain I have for those whom I love who do not know the unlimited grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, this is all the reassurance I need of my own salvation. I want the best that this life has to offer to all I know and meet. What greater gift is there than God’s eternal salvation?
I care about others because God cares for all of us.
Praise God for His mercy and grace!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.