Over the past several weeks, in bible study, and small group discussion there has been a common issue I’m hearing, doubt. Doubt that even though we believe in Christ and that He indeed is our Savior, are the situations we are going through, the challenges of dealing with sin going to somehow disqualify us from getting into heaven. I have had these same doubts myself. There have been times I’ve prayed the prayer of salvation over and over again just to be sure.
I use to attend a church where the Pastor said repeatedly, that once you are saved, you are saved. It’s done, even when you are not seeking God and have fallen back into old habits, you are still saved. How much time have I wasted worrying about my salvation instead of learning and growing into what it means for my life and how to live it.
This week I added a passage to my notebook to remind myself that I already have all that I need. God has provided and He didn’t save me based or how right or wrong I am and nothing can undo my salvation.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. — Eph 1:3-14
He chose us before the foundations of the world. Before we were even born. Before we did what we did that makes us feel shame and guilt and unworthiness. I’ve spent a couple of days meditating on this passage and I will continue to do so. I am holy and blameless and righteous not because of a single thing I did, but because he chose me. I don’t have to worry about whether or not I’m going to heaven. I can concentrate on living the promises of God, here on earth.
Are there times when you have doubt about your salvation? What do you do?