If you were to die within the next five minutes, would you go to heaven? If you’re sure you would, could you prove it to someone who inquired? If you’re skeptical of your salvation, could you prove it to someone who inquired? FYI: I’m inquiring. Over the course of the last seven weeks, Joel and I have been discussing the subject of eternal security. Joel’s lesson last week was on hope. What hope do you display to those around you in regard to your eternal security? There are folks all through the world of Christendom proclaiming salvation through the blood of the Lamb, but sadly, many of those who claim to have errant-free biblical knowledge struggle to make such an “audacious” claim. Many will say, “I can’t know for sure.” There are some who will go so far as to say, “Well, I really can’t know whether I’m saved or not until I die.” That’s too late, Christian!! You need to know NOW! If you’re expecting me to give you a five-finger exercise or magic formula to receive salvation, you’re mistaken. Am I saying baptism isn’t essential? Not at all! But if you’re basing your salvation on getting wet and punching your attendance card once a week you haven’t the slightest idea of how faith works through God’s amazing grace. Faith is like buying a new car. It smells good, looks good and the seats are really comfortable. But if I fail to add fuel to the gas tank, I’m not going to get very far. I have to actively seek the Lord! Sometimes are relationship to God mirrors the old Irishman who was asked by his wife, “Patrick, don’t you still love me?” To which he replied, “Darlin, I told you I loved you on our weddin day. If I ever change me mind I’ll let ya know!” That’s not going to cut it with our spouse and it certainly won’t cut it with our Creator! He longs to hear your voice and He so graciously provides us His Words, His love, His grace, His mercy, His truth, His blessings, His creation, His air, His provisions and most importantly, His Son. Can we not fall in love with Him more and more every day?
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.