Sometimes when the invitation is given in churches, Sunday School teachers who have taught for 30-plus years go forward and give stirring testimonies. They say something like this, “All these years, I’ve taught Sunday School and I’ve never been saved. But today I got saved for the first time.”
What does a confession like this do to all the children who have been under this man or woman? They get confused and they think, “If he or she isn’t saved, then I must not be saved.”
I’m not suggesting the Sunday School teacher was saved all those years before if he or she really wasn’t. But often this profession at the altar call is because of conviction from the Holy Spirit about the kind of life the teacher was living.
The teacher doesn’t need to come forward and get saved—he already is saved. What he should do is dedicate himself again to living in the power of the Holy Spirit. He will then be enabled to live a life that honors God.
The Bible teaches that you can know for sure you have eternal life. John 3:17-18 explains,
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Why don’t you take some time today to thank God for His eternal salvation?
The Son of God became a Man so that we could become the sons of God.—C.S. Lewis
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder