(4) Appreciating Your Security In Christ
Jim and Bob grew up in the same neighborhood and got involved in a church youth ministry where both heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. Over a period of months both teenagers trusted Christ and began to encourage each other as they grew spiritually. After graduation, they went to different colleges, eventually drifted apart and after two decades, happily reconnected at a class reunion. As they shared their stories, Jim finally asked, “Bob, how is your spiritual life? Some of my best memories are the great times we shared at that youth group.”
After a long silence, Bob responded, “I guess I got derailed during college. At first, I felt awful about my choices. I went to church at times and found short-term encouragement, but the more I struggled, the more discouraged I became. I felt so isolated and didn’t know how to get back on track. I still believe what we heard at that church, but I have no idea how to live as a Christian. So, I keep it to myself because I know my life isn’t what it should be. Sometimes I even wonder if I really trusted Christ back then.”
If you were Jim, how would you respond?
Do you think doubting one’s salvation is a common issue among believers today? Why or why not?
God Says What?
God Says What?
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.