Yesterday, my eldest son made a courageous decision. He accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. I know, I know, some of you are shocked, believing Noah made that decision years ago. Well, he did, or so he thought.
When Noah was 5 years old, he prayed a prayer asking Jesus to forgive his sin and come into his life. However, for quite some time, he has questioned if he really understood the gravity of this decision…if he truly grasped what it meant for Jesus to be Lord and Savior. In other words, he has doubted his salvation. I realize many Christians suffer through periods of doubt. Personally, I think it’s quite normal for Christians to question their standing with God. The Enemy uses this tactic to dampen a Christian’s enthusiasm and weaken his witness. However, these seasons of doubt are usually just that….Seasons. In other words, the times of doubt are temporary. Noah’s season of doubt has last for quite some time. During the invitation at Church on Sunday morning, Noah resolved this issue by praying to receive Christ, stamping out those doubts once and for all.
But why was his decision courageous? Well, for one, he’s almost 14 years old. Some teens find “committing their life to Christ” outside the box of being “cool.” And then there’s the fact that he’s the son of a Pastor. I mean aren’t preacher kids expected to get it right the first time? I remember baptizing Noah, and so does our Church family. Noah could’ve quietly dealt with the doubts, but instead he desired publicly to declare,
“I want to make sure I get this right.”
You see, eternity’s too long to get it wrong.
I imagine there are some reading this who have battled doubts or are unsure of their eternal destination. If so, here’s what you need to know.
- Jesus wants you to know, that you know, that you know that you are a Child of God. A Christian should never respond, “I hope so,” to the question, “Are you going to Heaven when you die?” Doubt and uncertainty strips hope and joy from the Child of God. I John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
- If you’re basing your salvation on the bet that you’re being a good person, well, that isn’t good enough. The Bible says, “For it is by grace you are saved through faith, this is not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.” See the key phrase, “Not by works?” You can’t work your way to Heaven, but you can work your way to hell. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” What is the glory of God? Perfection! When Paul wrote this verse he utilized phraseology from an archery competition. When the competitors notched their arrows, drew back, and released their arrows, the goal was to hit the target, specifically the bulls-eye. When the archers missed the target, a judge raised a flag and shouted out the word “sin,” meaning the archer had missed the mark. And we all have.
Today, Noah’s secure in the decision he’s made and is confident now in his eternal destination. If you’re not, don’t delay. Feel free to contact me, or talk to a trusted minister or friend.
Remember, eternity’s too long to get it wrong.