Our hope and prayer today is that you know that you are His and He is yours. There are many people that cross our paths who either do not think about their eternity or are uncertain of the how, the why or if they may be able to know for sure what awaits them on the other side of the veil of death. Let’s talk about knowing…
This week I had the opportunity to lead several young people to the Lord in salvation. They were all ‘church kids’ who had been under conviction. Some ran full speed toward salvation and were gloriously and joyfully born again. But, a couple of them seemed to really struggle with the knowledge of whether they were actually saved or not, even after sincere prayer. They were not drug addicts, alcoholics, philanderers or felons. They had been taught about Jesus. They knew about heaven. They sat under preaching and sang hymns of the church. But, when it came time to do business with God over the condition of their eternal soul, it seemed harder than it should have been. They just did not know. I John 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” We can know.
One young man seemed to hold on to some things and was embarrassed at the proposition. But, when he prayed through the Holy Spirit gave the peace that only salvation can. He KNEW that he was saved. He had been under conviction, admitted he was a sinner, called on God for salvation as the scripture commands and was gloriously saved off a church pew surrounded by friends and family. It was precious.
Another young man was under the same conviction, believed that Jesus is the Son of God, that He lived, was crucified and rose again, but, after struggling in prayer just did not know if he was saved or not. The same scripture was used to show how God instructs us on how to be saved but when we asked this precious young man if the Lord had saved him he shrugged his shoulders and shook his head. He did not know. It broke my heart to leave him and the Lord alone to deal with it, but another preacher and myself did all we could do. It was up to this young man to know for sure.
Two admonitions. First, salvation in individual. It is not our job to save anyone or force anyone into the loving arms of grace. We could have coerced that boy into saying something or admitting something that he did not actually believe. Each one must deal with the Almighty for themselves. Secondly, I believe that young man wants to know and because of that, he will in the very near future. When we have been fed a steady diet of God since birth, the head knowledge can overshadow the heart knowledge. Pray for little ‘E’ that he will KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is saved.
Finally, I will leave you with this thought. If we fall under the conviction that the Bible explains, and we believe as the Bible explains, and we call on God for salvation as the Bible explains then we can know that we are saved, not because of anything we have done but because of what God has done and said He would do. If we follow what the Bible says about being saved then we are saved. Tell someone today that they too can KNOW!
God Bless You,