SATURDAY, APRIL 11
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
John 10:28-29 (NLT2)
PUT MY SALVATION INTO HIS HANDS
The most valuable thing we can put into our Father’s hands is our identity as His children. Jesus assured His followers that eternity is most secure in the hands of the Father. Jesus said emphatically, “No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.” Once you become a child of God through faith in Jesus, you gain a Father who won’t let you go.
In one of the Superman movies, Superman saves a man from a burning building. He rescues him from the top floor and is carrying him to safety by flying through the skies. The man looks at Superman and then looks down to the ground. “I’m scared, Superman. Look how far down that is.” Superman gives him a great answer. “If I delivered you from the burning fire, what makes you think I am going to drop you when I’m carrying you to safety?” If God has delivered you from the agony of hell, why would you think He will drop you before He safely puts you down in heaven? To his fellow Christ-followers, the Apostle Paul confidently states: “He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns” (1 Corinthians 1:8 NLT2). If God has begun His salvation work in you, He promises to bring you safely home with Him (Philippians 1:6).
Can you remember the moment you placed your faith in Jesus? What would you tell someone who wanted to know how to go to heaven? How confident are you that will go to heaven when you die? If you aren’t 100% confident, would you be willing to talk with a mature believer or Pastor about your doubts?
The Apostle Paul writes that the sign of a follower of Christ is the presence of the Holy Spirit. “And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people” (Ephesians 1:13-14 NLT2).
Praise God for the gift of the Holy Spirit whose presence in our lives guarantees our place in His family.