Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Securely Bound - Martin Wiles

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me. John 10:28 NLT

What I needed I didn’t have.

Early spring is my favorite time to camp. The nights are cool, which makes for good tent-sleeping weather, but the days can get hot. And they were. Fifty degree nights turned into 80-degree days. Since it was early in the season, most of the trees hadn’t budded and leafed out. During the heat of the day, our campsite boiled under the sun’s rays.

Not wanting a sunburn—but not having a canopy—I wondered how to remedy the situation for my wife and me. I had a tarp but no rope. I improvised. Taking guy out strings we didn’t use with our tent, we tied them to one end of the tarp. On the other end, we used thin string I had brought along. But the tarp wasn’t high enough to walk under, and the thin string wouldn’t hold.

I improvised again—in a make-do fashion—by duct taping our large umbrella to a hiking stick. This provided just enough shade for my wife and me to lounge under during the hottest part of the day. Duct tape is the gray miracle tape.

What rope, duct tape, and string can’t do, Jesus can. He proclaimed the eternal life He gives keeps us alive spiritually forever. And no one or thing can change that situation.

Many powerful things exist in this world, but none more powerful than Jesus—and His ability to keep His children securely in His care. Faith connects me to Him, and once I make the decision to make Him my Savior and Lord, He holds me safely in that relationship. I won’t want to leave, and no one or no thing can snatch me away.

Nor does staying in this relationship depend on our continual good works or perfect living. Although our sins are forgiven, we’re not perfect. Sanctification is a life-long process whereby we grow into holiness by letting Christ teach us how to live for Him and enjoy the abundant life He has in store for us. Mess ups are allowed—and should be expected. But Christ doesn’t throw us away when we do.

Our security in Christ is based on what He’s done on Calvary’s cross, not what we do or don’t do on a daily basis.

Take comfort in the fact that nothing can snatch you away from Your Savior.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the security we have in our relationship with You.

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