There is a topic that Sean and I have been dealing with throughout our marriage.
For the past nine years, we have debated the idea of “once-saved-always-saved” many, many times. We’ve been discussing it again recently, and I believe that we are finally coming to an understanding.
Sean has been firm in his belief that you can lose your salvation if you choose to turn your back on the Lord and live by your flesh. I’ve always said that once one is saved nothing can separate us from the Lord. We’ve been back and forth through the bible showing scripture that seems to agree with our thinking.
We’ve both prayed about this for months; prayed for wisdom and understanding in this area, because, frankly, there are a lot of implications for each point of view. I had never given it much thought before marrying Sean.
Honestly, I still don’t know what is correct. But I have learned a lot about what it MEANS to be a Christian. I’ve learned that “saying” you are a Christian does not necessarily mean you are one. Yes, there are the obvious cults that claim to be Christian. But I am also speaking of people in our very own churches. People who haven’t committed their lives to the Lord. Or people who said a prayer and think that saved them, but it never penetrated their heart and flowed forth from their spirit.
What I am getting at is that I believe that Sean and I agree on this more than I realized, but it is really a matter of semantics. Maybe the person who “lost their salvation” wasn’t saved to begin with. I know this is the ole’ stand-by argument. But I wonder if they were able to turn their back on the Lord because they hadn’t truly committed their lives to Him. Even sat*n and his demons acknowledge the Lord.
I’ve also come to realize that being a Christian gives us the heart of a servant. Not one of a complainer, or a grumbler, or a finger-pointer or a “that’s mine” attitude. I’ve tried to remember this as I go about my daily chores around the house. I choose to look at this as service to the Lord.
- picking up laundry – serving the Lord
- folding same laundry – serving the Lord
- cleaning the toilet – ditto
- cleaning it for the fourth time in a day because I have a 3 yr old boy who doesn’t pay attention when he is using said toilet – YEP, serving the Lord
And this attitude of service doesn’t end just because we reach the age of retirement. We are to persevere to the end.
James talks about faith and works – I’m not suggesting (nor, do I believe that James was suggesting) that we have to work for our salvation. Don’t misunderstand that. But the natural outpouring of our faith should be a servant’s heart. A heart of love. A humble heart. A caring heart.
So often though, we get caught up in our flesh and what we are “entitled” to. As Beth Moore says in Daniel, we are living in a modern Babylon and we have to remain strong to remain faithful to the Lord. Otherwise we will end up bowed before idols.
What I am getting at is this:
I’m not sure whether we can lose our salvation or not. But I do know that if we have accepted the free gift of salvation that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ offers us, it should be reflected in our actions and our attitude daily. We should be joyful and loving and offer our love to others so that others can see Christ living through us. If you don’t see this reflected in yourself, take it to the Lord in prayer and ask Him, who can see all things, to search your heart. And LISTEN to what He says.
Truly, the Lord is gracious and loves us all and wants us all to enter His kingdom.