Are you 100% sure? 99%? 95%? How do you know?
This has massive implication for our daily lives. 99% isn’t enough. It will leave us feeling timid and insecure. We will call God our Father, but we will really think of Him like our Boss—getting our work done, avoiding major screw-ups, hoping He doesn’t fire us. Our lips will declare, “I will be a Christian tomorrow because my faith is strong!” while our hearts mutter, “I think I will… I mean, I sure hope so…”
Believer, you can be 100% sure. You will be a Christian tomorrow. Guaranteed. How do you know?
The keeping power of God.
“The Lord will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom.”
— 2 Timothy 4:18
“He will sustain you to the end . . . God is faithful.”
— 1 Corinthians 1:8-9
“He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
— Philippians 1:6
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.”
— Jude 24:24
“I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.”
— John 6:39
What precious truth! What wonderful news to wayward wanderers like you and me! Allow these Scriptures to speak to any uncertainty that lingers in your soul. You will be a Christian tomorrow because God will keep you. And though you are not completely kept from wandering, you are kept from wandering completely.
But beyond the bay of this precious truth there is a swift current that leads to shipwreck. People think, “I got saved when I was younger, so you’re saying I’m good to go? No need to press on? No need to deny myself or take up my cross today?”
By no means! “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” is a direct command of the Bible (Philippians 2:12)! The keeping power of God does not work like a vaccine. It works like a muscle—one that we must exercise and nourish every day.
But see what follows this direct command:
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
— Philippians 2:12-13
God works. We work. God works our working.
Now, if you’re like me, this can begin to feel like a 12-sided Rubix cube. How are we supposed to make sense of three sentences like that? Rather than getting all brainy about it, let’s consider these precious words of Jesus. I think they’ll help us. I’ll follow them with a question.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
— Matthew 7:24-27
Who is at the bottom of your faith?
Is it you? Sounds to me like you’re building your house on sand. Our hearts are fickle—“deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). Some days we wake up genuinely excited to follow Christ. Some days we’d rather take a stroll down that broad, easy road that leads to destruction (Mark 7:13). When the tempest comes, you will crumble.
Or is it God? There is no surer ground for construction than the Rock of Ages. A house you will start, but a fortress you will soon become—“a kingdom that cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). No snare of Satan, no folly of flesh, no rain, stream, or wind will be able to flatten you. Not even the fickleness of your own heart. You will endure. Why?
The keeping power of God.
My name from the palm of His hands
Eternity will not erase!
Impressed on His heart it remains
In marks of indelible grace!