September 3: Crystal Clarity Confidence

Read 1 John 5:1-21

In my mind, some of the verses you just read communicate the crystal clarity that people can have regarding their relationship with God and their eternal future.  Perhaps you will find them helpful today as you extend a Grace card to someone else.  Here are the specific verses I had in mind:

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”  (vv. 11-13)

These verses communicate something that is helpful…Confidence!  The last sentence clearly states that a person can be assured of eternal life.  It says that those with whom you speak today can have “yes” or “no” certainty regarding heaven.

At first glance, confidence like that may seem prideful.  In fact, I just read an author yesterday who basically argued, “Who are you to pretend to have confidence like that?  Only arrogant people would make such claims!”  But a closer look at verses 11 and 12 reveals the fact that God is the giver of eternal life through the provision of His Son Jesus.  The crystal clarity confidence comes not because a person is better than anyone else…after all, we are all sinners.  Instead, God offers crystal clarity confidence based on our response to Jesus.  Those who believe in Him have that confidence and hope.  Those who do not place faith in Him lack that assurance.  Every person alive either has reason for confidence or reason for concern.  Every person alive either has the Son or has yet to fully embrace Him.  Every person alive either has eternal life with God or can anticipate suffering eternal separation from Him.

Now, if God gives you opportunity to share as you pass along a Grace Card today, those kinds of truths need to be stated in love and with gentleness.  But when you do so, you may help others to see themselves with crystal clarity!

sbk

About sbk

I am a follower of Jesus. I've been blessed with 29 years of marriage to my best friend, Celeste. We have two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a daughter in middle school, and a grandson. I am part of an awesome family of God: Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. www.woostergrace.org
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