In these times of uncertainty, it is not only a time to seize opportunities for spreading the gospel, but also strengthen individuals in the Body of Christ, the Church. Unusual circumstances have hit so many. With loved ones dying, government restrictions prevent loved ones from arranging funerals or family get-togethers. This is difficult to handle and even more difficult to explain to young children who are suddenly cut off from grandparents or relatives.
In conversation with several today over the phone, I discovered that doubts were rising in their minds about their salvation (eternal security) due to world troubles. Many details are behind these feelings, but what I can do is point to truth that we must let stabilize our thinking.
When Jesus presented Himself as the “Good Shepherd” in John 10:1-18, He makes this contrast; “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (10). That word “abundantly” means “a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate; that which is more than enough, beyond the norm, superfluous.” Such “abundant life” is never restricted by our circumstances.
Referring to these sheep that belong to Jesus, He says, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10:28–29).
If you belong to Christ, you are in GREAT HANDS! If NOT, whose hands are you trusting?
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