I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28
It is said that you never really appreciate something until you lose it. That's true. But it's also true that when you live for years without something and find it, that new treasure is near and dear to your heart. That's how I feel about the doctrine of Assurance.
I grew up in a great home where Christ was honored. We were part of a small but lively church that enjoyed hymns and contemporary music, teaching, and great fellowship. But there was one doctrine our church did not hold to--Assurance of Salvation. We believed you could lose your relationship with God. You could be a child of God today but, because of sin, not be a child of God tomorrow. That's a tough one. It's hard to get spiritually settled when you believe that you can be living with Christ in the morning but, due to your sinful words or actions, He boots you out of the house by evening.
I will never forget the day when my understanding changed. After considering this subject in a seminary class, a classmate and I continued the discussion as we walked to our cars. It was there in 100-degree heat standing on an asphalt parking lot that God lifted a burden I had carried for years. I was His child and would forever be. He gave me eternal life. I would never perish. No one and nothing could ever snatch me out of His hand. My spiritual journey changed from that day on.
Father, I pray for those struggling with assurance. I ask that You lift their burden as You did mine. Today, and through this week of considering Your unconditional love and acceptance, may they come to grips with the powerful truth that nothing can snatch them out of Your hand. In Jesus' name. Amen.