I tend to assume that all my readers are believers.
I’m honestly not sure why I assumed that. I don’t even assume that about my husband, my children, and myself.
Scripture says that narrow is the road that leads to salvation and few there are who find it (Matthew 7:13-14). Additionally, it says not everyone who calls Jesus “Lord” (ie think they are saved) will actually enter Heaven (Matthew 7:21).
So, if I’m constantly checking myself to make sure my election and calling is sure (2 Peter 1:10) why would I automatically assume that you all are on the straight and narrow road?
I’m not sure why I made that assumption.
I even tell my children that only they know if they have truly put their faith in the saving work of Christ –He who was all God and all man, God born in human flesh, the only one who can save them from the fires of Hell and bring them to redemption.
Only they know if they are faking it or not.
Only time will tell if they continue to follow hard after Christ once they are out from under my roof.
The true test of saving faith is this: has Jesus Christ dramatic and drastically changed you since before you were saved and decided to follow Him (2 Corinthians 5:12)?
Scripture says you can know a Christian by their fruits (Matthew 7:20).
I know He changed me! I wrote an article about it.
Now, a lot of people do nice, moral things –even unbelievers.
So, how can you tell if someone is truly been saved?
The fruits Jesus brings about in your life are not things you could accomplish on your own. They are supernatural! We can never be good on our own and even our best goodness is not good enough to save us and give us eternal life! (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We need God, not just salvation through His only son, Jesus, but His Spirit to enable us to live the life He has called us to live for Him. We have His spirit the moment we are saved.
Are you following Jesus like no one else in this universe exists?
Do you have an insatiable hunger for Scripture, for His truth, and for pleasing Him above everything else on this earth? (Galatians 1:10)
Does your sin –which shuts God’s ears to your prayers (John 9:31)– grieve you to the point of repentance and change? Scripture says that those who are saved will not continue in habitual sin (1 John 3:9).
Are you struggling with an ongoing sin in your life? God has given Christians victory over sin through Jesus Christ, who is the 2nd part of the Trinity (1 Corinthians 15:56-57).
It’s not my place to decide who is and isn’t saved, but if you struggle with ongoing, habitual sin, you need to ask yourself, pray and seek God face about, whether you actually are saved and going to Heaven.
Just as I assumed that everyone who claims Christ is saved, we often assume that everyone in our churches is saved. I’m afraid that when we get to heaven we will find that there are far fewer people than we thought and expected.
It’s so easy to be a Christian in America that people claim Christ who have never truly given Him their all, died to themselves (Ephesians 4:22-24) and decided to follow Him. Jesus said we must take up our crosses and be willing to die for Him (Luke 9:32).
We only truly believe that which we are willing to die for.
If Jesus isn’t changing who you are, if you are not seeing yourself through His eyes by reading scripture, if you’re not becoming like Him through Bible reading and prayer, if you’re not running to Him and seeking seeking Him, maybe you need to take a look inside and see if the Holy Spirit, the third part of God’s Holy Trinity, truly is living inside you.
If He is, He will not let you remain in your sin or continue in your sinful ways.
Salvation doesn’t take a special prayer or confirmation by anyone here on earth. All you need is to decide to follow Him.
Then, throw yourself into the scripture and grow in His grace.
You were made to know God. Nothing is as wonderful as He is!
You’ll never regret following Jesus.
Originally from a 2016 Facebook post