Our days are fleeting; they may end before the next sunrise. Yet God’s children are never insecure.
The Bible says of us, “We are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord…. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
We cannot be confident in everyday life if we aren’t confident of eternal life.
To be self-confident, we must be Christ confident, and that means being certain of His love for us both today and tomorrow. God has placed eternity in our hearts, and that’s why secularism can’t erase heaven and hell from people’s minds. Most Americans still believe in heaven and hell. According to findings published by LifeWay Research, 60 percent of Americans believe there is a heaven, while 54 percent believe hell is a real place where certain people will be punished forever.(1)
The Barna Group, drawing from its surveys, stated, “Many adults believe, however, that they will go to heaven as a result of their good works. Broadly speaking, this is the most common perception among Americans who have never made a commitment to Jesus — and it is also quite common among self-identified Christians.”(2)
It’s frightening to stake our eternal destination on whether we’re good enough to get to heaven on our own.
How could we ever earn enough merits to stand in the presence of the glorious, holy God? The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Only Christ can take us there. We have to be Christ confident in His purpose, passion and practice. We have to say, “He has me!”
The purpose of Christ: Redeemer
The Bible frequently uses the word redemption to describe what Jesus did for us. The idea behind redemption is that we are delivered from the bondage of sin by the offering of Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as a sacrifice in our place. Titus 2:14 says, “[He] gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people….” (NKJV).
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Source: Baptist Press