Rachel was your typical “good girl”. She went to church every week, was active in youth group, and her friends knew that she was a Christian.
Whenever the pastor gave a call and offered people the chance to stand up and re-surrender their lives to God, she was one of the first to stand.
If you were to ask her if she was saved and ready for for Jesus’ second coming, her response was and immediate “yes”. However, on the inside, she doubted. She had tried her entire life to be a “good Christian”, but didn’t feel as if she measured up.
Truth be told, she didn’t feel ready for Jesus to return. She was stuck in a cycle; a cycle of worry and doubt.
Have you ever been in Rachel’s shoes? Do you try to be the perfect good girl, just to mess up and find yourself back at square one?
When Jesus comes back, He wants us to be, not only ready, but excited for eternal life with Him! That can be difficult if we’re worried about whether or not we’re going to make it to Heaven.
If you claim to be saved, but wonder if you really are, prepare your heart for 3 eye-opening truths from God’s Word.
1. You’ll never be perfect- that’s why Jesus came!
Many of us would agree that we don’t get to Heaven by doing good or being perfect, but how many times do we live as if that’s what we believe?
We hold up a standard of perfection and then beat ourselves up over it when we make a mistake. We try to do everything ourselves and then fail.
Romans 3:10-12 says that there is no one who is righteous, “no not one”. Face it, you’ll never be perfect. You can try try, but sooner or later, you’ll slip up and repeat the same pattern.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God”. Those words are from Matthew 5:3. The first step of surrendering our lives to God is realizing that we are sinful and need a Savior. That’s why Jesus came!
Jesus died and rose again so that we could give our burdens to Him and let Him work in our lives. The more we trust God, the more we will crave eternity with Him.
2. Being a Christian is about seeking God.
Many of us would also agree that we can’t say we’re Christians and then expect God to fix all of our problems and do everything for us.
James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Being a Christian is all about seeking God. As we draw near to Him by surrendering ourselves to Him everyday, reading the Bible, praying, and seeking Him as we make our choices, He will draw near to us.
Of course we’ll still make mistakes (none of us are perfect, remember?), but seeking God will become more and more natural to us. We’ll desire a close walk with Him.
The key to being saved isn’t doing everything right, nor is it doing nothing at all. The key is opening your heart and being honest with the Lord- seeking Him and His design each day.
3. God always keeps His promises.
There are two big reasons why people question their salvation. Either you claim to follow Christ, but know that your life claims just the opposite, or you’re seeking God, but don’t believe that He will follow through and keep His promises.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Jesus said that He would come back to take those who believe and love Him to Heaven. If Jesus said it, He’s going to do it!
I have countless examples of how God has seen me through. There are also countless examples in the Bible of how God never fails.
If you’re truly seeking God in your life- if you’re willing to do whatever it takes to follow Him, you don’t have to doubt God’s promise of eternal life. He always has and always will keep His promises.
Are you trying to do everything right on your own?
Are you pushing God to the side as you live the way you want?
Is your one desire to seek God and follow Him in everything you do?
Ask yourself these questions and evaluate your life.
If there’s something in your life that you know you need to change, ask God to make you willing to change it. He will make known to you the steps you need to take.
Jesus wants you to be excited for His second coming. He can’t wait to see you!