God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Verse 10 (NIV)
In my first church I worked with the youth group as well as being lead pastor. It was not uncommon for a number of the youth to ask for reassurance of their salvation. They would tell me they felt like they had lost their salvation. I would tell them if they had that feeling they need not worry. I did say, “Once you stop worrying about your spiritual condition, that is when you are in danger.”
Many people worry about whether or not they are saved. They wonder how they can know if they will actually have eternal life with Jesus.
The author of Hebrews reminds us here of God’s justice. This passage is not saying that on the basis of our works we know we are saved. Rather, our work and the love that we have shown to God are the result of being saved already through the outpouring of his Spirit living in us – all because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus assures us in Matthew 7 that a good tree can only bear good fruit. He’s saying that the work that we do is not earning our salvation; it is evidence that we are already saved, and that Jesus is living in us. Likewise, James 2:17 tells us, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Do you ever wonder if your salvation is secure? Remember, as the author of Hebrews says, “God is not unjust.” God sees and will remember the work that you do and the love you have shown him. If you have trusted in the source of eternal salvation – that is, Jesus Christ – your good work and the love that you show are the works of God himself through you.
If you wonder whether your work is enough, remember that salvation is not based on your work. It is based on the finished work of Jesus, our great High Priest. If you are “in Christ” you are secure for eternity.
God, we thank you that you are not unjust. Help us to continue to bear good fruit and show your love. Amen.