by Rick Warren — April 8, 2023
From What Is Jesus Doing Now
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10:27-28 (ESV)
Like any loving father, God doesn’t want to lose any of his children. And there are a lot of evil forces in the world that would like to try to hurt his children. Why? Because if they can hurt God’s children, then they can hurt God.
It is common for people who want to give their lives to Christ to be afraid they won’t be able to keep that commitment. They say, “There are so many temptations in my life, I’m doubting that I can keep myself saved.”
But just as you can’t save yourself from your sins, you can’t keep yourself saved. That is Jesus’ job. He has made sure that no matter what happens in your life, your salvation is secure. He has ensured that you will make it safely to heaven to live with God forever.
Jesus says in John 10:27-28, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” (ESV).
There may be times you want to let go of God’s hand, but he will never let go of you. That’s called eternal security, and it’s Jesus’ job, not yours.
The apostle Paul said of Jesus, “I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return” (2 Timothy 1:12 NLT).
This is what Jesus is doing in the world right now: He is safeguarding your salvation. He’s protecting the salvation of everybody who has chosen to become part of God’s family by faith.
You can lose a lot of things in life. You may lose your family, your job, your health, or your mind. But the one thing you can never lose is your salvation.
You don’t have to work for your salvation, and you don’t have to work to keep it. You can rest in God’s work for you!