Are you sure you are saved??
In the various specialties of science, there are tests. Things are classified according to their characteristics. Tests are run, questions are asked, and the results produce classifications.
In the Scriptures, the world of mankind is divided into 2 broad categories: the saved and the unsaved….those bound for Hell and those bound for Heaven….those who are righteous and those who are unrighteous…those are on the side of God and those on the side of Satan.
And the Scriptures have shown us the “scientific” tests to be applied. Let me present two of these tests to you for your consideration.
The Lordship Test.
The Scriptures are clear that those who belong to the saved category are those who have a desire to obey Christ as Lord. Jesus Himself said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) In another place He asks “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, but you don’t do the things that I say?” (Luke 6:46) And when discussing the end times and the last judgment, Jesus explained to His disciples, “Many will say to me ‘Didn’t we cast out demons in your name, and do many wonderful works?’ And I will say to them ‘Depart from you, you who break God’s laws’” (Matthew 7:23)
The Lordship Test is this: who determines the decisions I make on a day to day basis?
We are all following someone. We are all worshipping someone. Perhaps our own selves. Perhaps society. Perhaps the church system. Perhaps our passions.
Only those who are following the Lord Jesus…letting Him call the shots, submitting to His commands and His Spirit….are the ones who are saved.
How about you? Do you have a love for Christ that spurs you on to obedience to Him? Or are you playing games with Him, pretending to be His follower, while all the time directing your own life according to your own desires.
Do you pass the Lordship Test?
The Fellowship Test.
The Lordship Test has to do with our relationship to the Savior as Lord; the Fellowship Test has to do with our relationship with other followers of the Savior as Lord. You see, if we are following the Savior as Lord, and others are following the Savior as Lord, then there cannot be discord, aloofness, cold-heartedness, anger, bitterness, hostility, pride between us. It’s that simple!
Speaking thru the Apostle John, Jesus put it very clearly:” If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (I John 4:20) In another place, John puts it in terms of family life: “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.”
The Fellowship Test says very simply: The person who is saved wants to be with and be right with the other children of God. Those who shun the fellowship of other saints, who are always picking at this and that about their Brethren, who are more eager to be with non-believers in sports or recreation or travel than with their Eternal Family….these are those who do not pass the Fellowship Test for being saved.
So how about you? Are you eager to be with His people? Are you panting in your soul for that special fellowship that is shared only by your Eternal Family? Do you get a special satisfaction when you are sharing Life with other followers of Jesus?
Do you pass the Fellowship Test?
Only you know for sure…..and God.