And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13
The blue circle spun…..endlessly on my screen. I checked my watch, and I needed to go. I waited another moment and reluctantly, I shut the laptop, grabbed my purse, and headed to work. As I drove, my mind continued to return to the spinning blue circle. Had the payment gone through? Was my car insurance paid for the month? My mind, like the circle, spun out hypothetical scenarios.
What if the payment didn’t go through and I get canceled?
What if I have an accident or get pulled over?
What if there wasn’t enough in the account to cover the amount?
My phone dinged it was a new email. When I got to work and parked, I sifted through my purse to find my phone. Opening my email, I sighed with relief. My payment was processed, and I had a confirmation number. I moved the email to my 2019 bill folder. Now I had proof, of payment if any questions arose, I could refer to my email.
Wouldn’t it be nice if when you came up out of the baptismal water your phone dinged, and you got an email with confirmation? After you repented and accepted Christ into your heart that a registered letter with a certificate of salvation came to your house? Sure would make it easier. Make you feel more secure. However, that’s not how it works. Salvation is about faith, trust, and belief. There is no confirmation number or certificate; there is only faith.
One of the most common fears and doubts for a Christian, new or seasoned, is “am I saved?” I’ve heard it many times, and honestly, I have asked the same myself. Our enemy wants nothing more than to fill you with doubt, fear and anxiety and what better way than to make you doubt the truth and your salvation.
Salvation is not a feeling; it is not an emotion; it is the belief, trust, and faith in Christ Jesus. And these things are decisions, willful, and deliberate choices on your part. If you are waiting for emotion or feeling to give you confirmation of salvation, then you will always be waiting on that blue circle to stop spinning. There is no certificate or email for salvation because if there were, your faith and belief would be in that tangible proof and not in Jesus. Place your faith and trust in Him, the one who sacrificed all for you.
Typist for Jesus