I write this post because there was a time in my life when I thought I was saved, and I wasn’t. If I had died during that time, I would have died in my sin and went to hell–separated from God for all of eternity.
The terrifying aspect about that time is that I was deceived about who I was. I thought I knew Jesus, but I just knew of Him. I professed Jesus with my mouth but my heart was far from Him. I didn’t love Him. I didn’t follow Him or keep His commandments. I loved the things of this world. I was my own god. I did what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. I walked in the flesh and did the works of the devil.
When I was younger, I went to church. In my adolescent years, I was a part of an after-school program called Christian Friendliness. When I was in college, I attended chapel frequently.
I was taught about Jesus and what He did for mankind. I understood it and believed it. I recited the prayer that they told me to recite in order to be saved. However, I wasn’t.
No one ever walked me through the Scriptures in order to show me who I was in relation to God. I didn’t understand that I had sinned against a holy God. I didn’t fully grasp or acknowledge the fact that I needed a Savior. I never did what Romans 10:9 tells us to do if we are to be saved: (1) Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and (2) believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved.
By the grace of God, later in my life, God drew me unto the Son, Jesus Christ, and I was saved and born again.
Therefore, I hope this post sparks you to do what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.”
It is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved. We are not saved by works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, there should be some outworking of your salvation: (1) Do you love the brethren, (2) Do you love God, (3) Do you keep His commandments? (4) Are you in relationship with God? (5) Do you have the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) etc.
Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤