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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.”—Psalm 118:6 (NLT)
Something happened to me recently that changed the way I think about security. As I was casually perusing my checking account online, something stood out to me. There was a purchase deducted from my account that didn’t seem right. It was for a camera . . . for roughly $200 . . . from a store in Tokyo, Japan!
You probably know what happened, because it may have happened to you. Somehow, someone, somewhere got ahold of my account information and bought something with it. My money for their camera! All the expected emotions were present: anger, hurt, betrayal, and above all, insecurity.
Eventually, my bank reimbursed me and issued me a new debit card. But the experience left its mark. I viewed security in a whole new light. Just as the adage goes that you need to lose something in order to fully appreciate it, I value my banking security so much more now.
Our bank accounts are important, but their value is insignificant compared to our eternal fate! There’s nothing more important than where we will spend eternity. And if there’s a form of security that matters most to us, it’s the security of our everlasting destiny.
We can’t afford to have that hacked. And there’s some wonderful news on that front: it never will be! Jesus promised as much when He said the following: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me” (John 10:27–28 NLT).
Let this settle into your heart: Jesus personally promises to not only give eternal life to all those who follow Him, but to also protect them and keep them spiritually secure! Nobody can hack in and change our relationship with Him. Nobody can steal us away from Him. The Good Shepherd who grants us eternal life also stands guard over our souls! Those who follow Him here on earth will also be His in heaven!
This might be hard for some of us to accept because of an experience where someone seemed to start out strong spiritually, only to falter and fade away. Don’t make the mistake of interpreting Christ’s promise through the lens of an example like that! Do the reverse. Let Christ’s words be the reference point of truth and trust there’s more to those stories than we fully know.
We aren’t meant to know everything, that’s God’s responsibility. But we are meant to know our spiritual keeping is safe and secure in Christ!
DIG: What promise does Jesus give here?
DISCOVER: How does this make you feel? How will this change your outlook/behavior today?
DISPLAY: Walk strong and tall today, believer, because your eternal destiny is secure in Christ. Give thanks to the Lord for the hope you have in Christ.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.