Are you saved? Are you SURE? Some question whether salvation can be lost if a person continues to sin after being “saved”. For those that feel salvation cannot be lost, it’s important to understand that when you are saved you are not handed a license to sin with a “Get Out of Hell Free” card. It doesn’t mean you can go around living the same way you did before you found Jesus.
Being saved involves more than just saying the words “I’m saved.” It’s more than walking down the church aisle after an altar call. When you accept Jesus as your personal savior, you have a personal duty to rid your life of all sin.
So how do you know if you are saved? It’s not enough to just believe “in” Jesus; you have to believe on Jesus. You have to know that Jesus became sin for us and conquered it and death when he was resurrected. When you are saved, you are no longer a child of the world – you are a child of God. That said, there are certain expectations that come with being saved. Among those expectations are the following:
You repent of your sin. When you are washed in the blood, you repent of your sins. We often associate the word“repentance” with simply asking for forgiveness. But repent actually means” to change” or “to turn away from.” So true repentance of a certain sin occurs when you stop committing that particular act. So if you repent of being a thief, you turn away from that sin and no longer take things that don’t belong to you.
You live for Jesus.
While it’s clear that your salvation cannot be earned by works, when you have been transformed, you have a duty to live a life that reflects your faith. You are the light of the world and if you cover up that light, what’s the use?
A tree is know by the fruit it bears. So if you are truly saved, the life you live will reflect it. And if you find yourself in a position where you find yourself easily and willingly falling into the same sins you did before you were saved, the question may not be whether or not you can lose your salvation; instead, the more appropriate question is probably whether or not you were ever truly saved in the first place. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith,” 2 Corinthians 13:5.