Today’s Scripture: But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5
|I once read a poem that I think illustrates our human condition pretty well, and it goes something like this:
I have never seen my preacher’s eyes,
We can be in our finest church clothes and filling a pew, but even on our best days, we have nothing good to offer the Lord. So many times we don’t know what the sermon was even about because we were too busy thinking about our next meal or looking at the back of our eyelids. That being said, how can a bunch of sinners ever persevere until the end in order to “obtain” salvation?
When has a person persevered enough? Do you need to be willing to offer your son up to die like Abraham or to hide spies in your house like Rahab in order to be saved? Absolutely not. The doctrine that states that you need to do anything aside from placing your trust in Christ’s payment on the cross for salvation is a misinterpretation of God’s Word. Those mentioned in Scripture believed on God, and their actions were used as an example of the product of faith to those around them.
I grew up as the son of a Methodist preacher, and I felt saved and lost and saved and lost more times than I could count. I was confused because I was supposed to be persevering, and I just couldn’t be good enough to “stay saved”. But, when I truly got saved and understood it was all by God’s grace and that there was nothing I could do to lose it, it made me get so excited that I wanted to serve. I was telling everyone about Christ.
There are prominent Lordship preachers who have admitted from the pulpit that they do not even know if they themselves are saved. Friend, I am completely sure of my salvation! Are you? God’s intention was not for us to live lives of fear and doubt, never being able to know whether or not we are saved until we die. This way of thinking and uncertainty will just cause people not to serve and witness. We are not to tear down the foundation of salvation by grace alone through faith alone. Without it we have nothing to build a solid Christian life upon. Our works are purely part of discipleship and to be a good testimony to others. Don’t go through life wondering. You can be sure of your eternity, and you can share it with everyone you meet! Watch this simple illustration:
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder