It was Monday night, the first night of the annual Our Generation Missions Camp that Vision hosts every year, and as I looked to my right, a young man about fifteen years of age sat down next to me. He started making small talk, and then, apparently summoning up the courage to ask, put forth this question to me:
“I accepted Christ when I was younger, but sometimes I don’t feel saved. What do I do?”
Even now I have no idea why, out of all the missionaries there and people he could have spoken to, he chose to come up and ask me about it. But I was glad, because then I was able to tell him a little of my own experience.
“I’ve had moments of doubt myself,” I said. “Usually when I’d commit some sin, or think something terrible, I’d say, ‘There’s no way a Christian could actually do or think that’.” He completely understood what I meant. “But one day,” I continued, “I had to come to grips with this thought: Am I trusting in how I feel or in what God’s Word says?”
I have no doubt that young man’s experience is not unique to him. Perhaps we’ve all not felt saved at some point in our lives, but God’s Word says that when we put our faith and trust in Him and Him alone for salvation, that we shall be saved. We can know for sure we have eternal life, according to I John 5:13. What a blessing it is to know that our God’s promises surpass our feelings! And what a blessing to be able to pass this hope on to others!
That week at the Our Generation Missions Camp was a great time for us to influence many young people to be involved in missions. On our deputation journey to Chile, we hope to recruit others to the cause of world evangelism as well.
The sad thing is that this young man had the opportunity to seek counsel about this spiritual matter, but millions in Chile do not. They don’t know God’s precious promises of salvation because nobody has ever told them. That is why we’re going, so that they can hear the gospel and be saved.
Pray with us that God will send more laborers to reach every city, town, house, and soul with the Gospel message. Pray that God uses the current economic stresses to draw people to Him, that the name of Jesus will be glorified.