I recently met a young gentleman who was saved in September 2012. In the two conversations we have had, he shared his struggle with doubting his salvation. He mentioned James 1:6-8 and being blown and tossed around by the wind. I was honest and shared my own struggle with doubting my salvation on occasion but we cannot look at our salvation as a single point in time. We must look at it over months and years. Do we see our lives being transformed by the gospel? We all know people who are being changed by the gospel and others who are not. And avoiding stagnation is an important reason to have people who exhort you (Hebrews 3:13) and a reason to test yourself (2 Corinthians 13:5). We cannot be satisfied with where we are – unless you have achieved glorification while on earth in which case I need your help.
He told me he remembers his life before that point in time and the difference between then and now. Then he shared that if it was his duty to save people even while he ended up in hell, then it was worth it to him. I could hear the desperation in his voice for specific lost people in his life – “it’s just empty inside them, there is nothing there”. I wish I could share that desperation with you. I wish you could have felt his passion and seen his tears. He knows heaven and hell are real. He knows the need is great and time is short.
The gospel transforms, making those who were self-indulgent by nature radically generous. –For The Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty