[Calvary Chapel] 2004-08-26 - Are You Sure?

1 Cor 9:25 And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (NAS)

This week at the Olympic Games in Greece, one of the young ladies in the platform diving was struggling to make the finals of the competition. She had missed the finals in Sydney in 2000 by one place. Only the top twelve divers move on after four dives. After the last competitor who could have bumped her out of the top twelve had gone and not passed her, her teammate and her coach came to let her know the good news.

"Are you sure?", she kept asking. At least three times, the anguished question was repeated. She was so convinced that history had repeated itself she was afraid to believe her friends with the good news. The fear was to allow herself to believe again that her dreams had been realized only to have them crushed again. Her heart would not have been able to stand that pain.

Don't think for a moment that I would belittle this young lady's dreams or her fears. She has invested more than four years of her life to the sport of diving with a level of commitment that few people really understand. But compare this lofty mortal goal to eternity.

To be unsure of your place in eternity with so much at stake, asking over and over again, "Are you sure?", would be agony. But the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ crushed the power of sin. And the power of the resurrection of the Lord broke the power of death. There is no greater certainty than the victory of the cross. Any one who accepts Jesus' perfect life and salvation for the tattered rags of their own can be sure.

Is there a commitment on the part of the believer? Yes, of course. But that should come out of gratitude and love for the Savior. The only requirement for the believer is submission, and we are even given the ability to do that so we have nothing we can claim as a contribution to our salvation. The work was all done on the cross.

Are you sure?

Eph 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast. (NAS)

Grace & Peace,

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