In light of Christ's faithfulness, we can have full confidence in our salvation.
ReflectionsWith a name like Nika Spaulding, I was destined to play sports as a kid. I competed in anything that allowed me to bounce, throw, hit, or kick: volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, discus, football, and even rugby in college. When I was in high school, I made a conscious decision to focus on volleyball and basketball despite the fact that these two sports favor taller players. My profile picture fails to reveal something that you should probably know -- I stopped growing at an exceptionally unimpressive five feet, six inches. However, for what I lacked in stature, I made up for in confidence.
My goal when I stepped onto the court was to intimidate my opponents, hoping to produce self-doubt in them. If their first few shots missed the mark, I would "politely" inform them that the rest would most likely follow suit. You would be amazed at how often I was right! I know what you are thinking, and, yes, I probably should have been in counseling. Yet, I was simply taking advantage of a principle I learned early in life -- when you doubt, you shrink away from glory.
Perhaps this is why our enemy constantly sows seeds of unbelief. Sensing humanity's tendency to doubt, the author of Hebrews wrote a powerful message in the latter half of chapter 10. He encourages believers to cling confidently to the assurance of our salvation. Unlike my days of playing sports, our confidence stems from Christ's character rather than our own abilities. Since Christ faithfully went to the cross and washed us clean by the sprinkling of His blood, we can boldly enter into the most holy of places with God. We will "miss the mark" with our disobedience at times. But we need not doubt because our salvation depends on the work of Christ on the cross and not on our ability to perform. Believers are headed for glory; instead of shrinking away, run confidently in that direction knowing that the victory is complete.
Discussion Questions1. What makes you doubt your salvation?
2. How can you remind yourself of the assurance of your salvation? What do you learn from John 5:24, Romans 8:1, and 1 John 5:13?
3. What person from the Bible confidently trusted in God's promises? What can you learn from his or her life?
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.