For some time now I have been wrestling with the truth about salvation.
What is salvation and how do you know you are really saved?
I grew up in church so I am very familiar with the prayer of accept Jesus into one’s heart.
I am not a bible scholar and I am not here to judge if Jesus lives in your heart or not.
However I want to encourage you to examine yourself.
We live in a world where millions of people say they are christians because once they said a prayer.
But there is no real evidence of change in their lives?
When someone accepts Jesus into their heart, from that day forward God is doing a great work in that person’s life to make him/her more like Jesus.
The bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:5 ” Test yourself to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you- unless you indeed fail the test?”
Do you remember a time in your life when you were in church or at a youth camp and they asked if anyone wanted Jesus to come into their heart and you raised your hand?
That can be a beautiful testimony to refer back to when remembering the day you met Jesus.
Now ask yourself is your life a living testimony of your faith in Jesus Christ?
There is a difference.
Romans 12:2 tells us ” Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think”.
When the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, you are unable to live in darkness, 1 John 1:5-7
As a true believer your heart will be convicted of sin. John 16:5-8
Is your heart humbled and contrite.
When the soil of your heart is soft, the seed of salvation can grow and therefore you are being shaped by the Holy spirit to live a life worthy of the call to become more life Jesus.
The tough questions I’m asking here are for you and I to pause and take a deep look at our lives.
Am I saved because once or twice I said a prayer of salvation and therefore I have a ticket to heaven?
We are all sinners and we will sin until the day we die.
However a child of God not only runs from the darkness and has conviction for their sins, they are also confessing and repenting for the wrongs they have done.
1 John 1:9 says if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgives us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Corinthians 7:10-11 shows us what true repentance looks like.
“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There is no regret for that kind of sorrow. BUT worldly sorrow which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
Do you have godly sorrow when you sin or are you justifying your sin and hiding out?
Are you obeying what Christ has called you to do?
Is his truth abiding in you?
Are you practicing righteousness?
Do you hate what is evil?
Are you bearing the fruits of the Spirit in your life?
I hope I am not coming across as being legalistic to you.
But I am asking you to test your heart against the word of God so that you are found ready when he returns.
I pray that you will examine the fruit in your life. No longer living like the world, but truly being a Christ follower so that the world will see Jesus and want to follow Him.
1 John 2:28 ” And now dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.”
May the Spirit of the True and Living God be alive in you today.
Praying for you as we wait for His return,