My heart is heavy today, because I’ve been considering the matter of salvation. I’ve thought of people I’ve met or conversed with through the years who believe they know God, yet there is little proof of it to see. They sincerely believe they have been saved by Him and Heaven awaits them someday.
Are they really saved? Are they really Christians?
I have cried over the thought of those who think they are right with God, facing final judgment in the hereafter only to be shocked by the Lord’s words as in Matthew 7.
Matthew 7:21-23 states: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
Jesus warned us in those verses that it is possible to think you know Him, without knowing Him. So every individual person must make certain for themselves!
Have you asked yourself, am I really saved? Have you examined the Bible’s criteria for salvation and seen it’s fruit in your life.
The same chapter of Matthew also says, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
I plead with you today, even if you think you are right with God and sure that Heaven is your final destination, take another look. Reexamine yourself in light of what God has told us through his Word.