“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
Several years ago, a dear pastor friend passed away from an accident while I was in Israel. He and I had enjoyed a wonderful conversation just a few days before I left. Needless to say, I was completely devastated when I received word of his home going. You see, I loved him deeply and had stayed in his home, had played rounds of golf with him, and had roomed with him during meetings we both attended.
Months later, when I saw his contact information with all of his telephone numbers come up on my phone, I thought to myself, “Should I delete this? I will never be able to talk to him on this side of eternity again.” Something inside me struggled. To delete his contact information just didn’t seem right. I felt that if I did, that somehow I would lose him again. It felt wrong to even consider deleting his information. The real truth is, the storing of his earthly contact information served only as a place holder for memories on my phone. The reality is that he is with Christ even as I write this devotional, the safest and most secure place in all of reality.
Deleting his contact information from my phone doesn’t delete his legacy and memory in my mind. As long as I am alive, his memory is secure within my heart. But there’s a more secure place than any of our hearts…and that is with Jesus!
Eternal security is based upon His Word, His Life, His Salvation, and not what we would offer. Sadly, we have little to bring to the table. No wonder the biblical writer wrote about our filthy rags…that’s all we have to bring and they’re unacceptable! Not only has Jesus provided us salvation through His death on the cross and victorious resurrection, but He promises us complete security. You see, He never uses the “Delete” feature when it comes to us. Wow! You will never be deleted!
There’s something extremely powerful about this verse! These are the very words of Jesus promising us that once He gives eternal life, we are completely secure. Amazing! If you have any of those nagging thoughts still in your mind, such as “I’m not good enough!” or “I don’t deserve this!” or “How could he ever love ME?” Flush them out with this promise. And do it now! Hang on to the security of your salvation by focusing upon the Word of God and not the thoughts in your mind. You are secure, completely secure. Celebrate this today by starting the “happy dance” now!