I know that there are many who struggle with assurance of salvation in their walk with Christ. A lot of times, this is simply because they are focusing on how they feel in the their walk and because they feel the overwhelming sense of sin, thinking that they are not saved.
The first problem can be overcome by looking back to Christ. It is in Christ that we have our assurance because He is the One who saves us. Our salvation isn’t based on anything we do, but on what He has done. By trusting and resting in the finished work of Christ, our assurance should return.
The second problem is more problematic because as we grow in Christ, we will grow in awareness of our own depravity. Again, the solution is fixing our eyes back on Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. Yes, we are wretched sinners and our awareness of this grows as we do spiritually. But in that process, we see the richness of His grace and mercy toward us.
But what if these two areas do not help? What are we to tell someone who still doubts their own salvation? What should we tell them?
This might come as a surprise, but if this is you, then just go ahead and leave the body of Christ. If you doubt that you are saved, throw you Bible away, and quit pretending you are saved. Quit going to church. Quit acting like you are spiritual. Leave Jesus and His children, you don’t belong.
The truth is, that if you do belong to Christ, and your problem is really just your lack of assurance, then by doing what I have just proposed will make it clear whether or not you are really one of His.
Remember that during Christ’s earthly ministry, there were a lot of people who doubted Him and their own faith, to the point that they left Him. He then turned to the disciples and asked them if they wanted to leave as well. Peter responded by saying, “Where else are we to go? You are the One with living words of life.”
This is exactly the same conclusion that many who struggle with assurance must come to. There is no other place to go. Christ is it. By coming to this point in our walks, we do see that we belong to Him and we want nothing else.
This little exercise helps us realign our walk with Christ, for it is all about Him, and He is to be the center of who we are. It is when we focus on ourselves, that our doubts arise.