Am I really saved?
“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 Peter 3:18.
Am I really saved? How often have we heard someone ask this question? In fact, we may have asked it ourselves. The best way to answer this question, is to first ask another question; why do we assume we aren’t saved? Being saved is as much a progressive process as a baby growing to maturity. So why is it we immediately conclude something is wrong with our salvation when we have fallen or lack the necessary answers to help in a desperate situation?
Just as it may take a baby months, if not years, to learn to run; it can take us just as long to reach a comfortable level of confidence with our salvation. Unfortunately, only a few go on beyond learning to run and on to a level that allows us to participate in the more competitive aspects of life. So wherever we are in our development, it is safe to say we all begin the same way: as a baby. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” 1 Peter. 2:2.
The Word tells us to “Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” 2 Peter 3:18. When we do everything that was accomplished by way of the Cross gives us the fullness of Christ and His Kingdom into the heart of anyone who believes.
This Gift of Christ when has been deposited into each of us who seek to be His disciple in the same way a seed is buried into the ground. We cannot expect to plant a seed on Sunday and to find fruit on Monday. As a seed, we must surrender ourselves to the process of growth before we can mature into something that bears fruit. “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” John. 12:24.
Hopefully we know this process as the death, burial, and resurrection. If not, the process is to first surrender it all. The Word does not tell us this is accompanied by a lot of excitement or feeling. Instead, it is the result of faith; know that when we ask the Jesus to make us one of His disciples, He accepts us. Actually, it is not a matter of accepting Him; He is Lord whether we accept Him or not; to be His disciple, He must accept us. The “Good News” is that He has promised to accept all who come to Him and submit to Him as Savior and Lord.
When we are accepted by Christ, there is a genuine revelation. No matter how small it may be, and it may only be the slightest glimpse of Him, it will awaken something in us that gives us an insight into the real Person of Christ. Like Peter is all we will need. Peter watched Jesus and was awakened to the fact that Jesus was different from himself when He was said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” Matthew 16:16.
Peter could have run in the opposite direction, as so many of us are prone to do when confronted with Someone greater than ourselves. Instead, Peter fell at Jesus’ knees and called Him, “Lord.” However, words are not enough; our heart must be as surrendered as the mouth. When they are Jesus will say, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthaew 4:19), and a new disciple is born.
When Jesus accepts us then we are saved. As unsaved we are at the mercy of our rescuers; we do not have the option of “accepting” our rescue. We should say, “come and get me, I surrender!” Does Jesus ever say, “Accept Me?” No, He says, “Follow Me.”
Being saved is really as simple as that. If we are feeling unacceptable or unworthy, then we are exactly the kind of person Jesus is ready to accept. We can be assured that He will accept us if we will only go to Him and acknowledge that He has total preeminent over us.
If we find ourselves questioning our salvation perhaps it really is as simple as surrendering to Him. But if we are too proud, or maybe just a little to be self-righteous, then we might as well move on because we will never surrender to anyone under any circumstance.
But for those who might still be in doubt if what we did in the past was sufficient enough to assure your salvation begin a new and make a fresh surrender. The question of being saved will be settled once and for all. In fact, the life of a disciple is a life of constant surrender to Christ, forsaking our own way for His way. Every day there is a new opportunity for surrender! In the beginning, we may believe that our way is always the best way, but for those who have experience, it will surely say His way is always the best way. That is the characteristic of the spiritually mature.