Each person born into this world has a birthdate. However, not everyone who is a Christian remembers when his/her spiritual birthdate is.
For many of us, it was a memorable single act of faith when we invited Jesus Christ into our lives, confessing and repenting of our sins and requesting that the blood of Jesus cleanse us from our sins and penalty of sins. It could have taken place in church at an evangelistic service when an invitation to the altar was made for those who wanted to receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour, or it could have been in a Sunday School class or Youth Fellowship or Bible cell group meeting or even in the privacy of your own room or corner.
Others more fortunate were introduced to the love of God, when they were very young by parents who loved the Lord and who would instruct them in the way they should go in the paths of righteousness. For a few of these, perhaps faith grew gradually and there is no recollection of a specific day of salvation, a day when a life change took place – it is as if they had always believed and today still believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour, with no doubt about it. Others who have grown up in Christian families, have assumed that they are Christians but may have not personally been “born again” to experience that spark of inward change from darkness to light of Jesus. To overcome the doubt on their own salvation many in this category have counted their re-dedication date as their salvation date.
Still others came through traumatic instances, an accident, a sickness, in jail when they were at the end of their tether, when they were in weakness and out of control and turning to the Lord was the last straw for them in reaching a turning point out of darkness into the marvellous light of the Lord.
The most fortunate of all are those who have been given their blessed assurance of salvation on their deathbeds when the Lord’s grace and mercy were extended to the limit in their time on earth. It seemed like they were the laborers who came on shift late and got the same eternal reward as those who struggled through their life in faith.
What has been your experience? Do you celebrate a spiritual birthday when your life was significantly turned around? Need you have a spiritual birthdate? Should we begin to celebrate such a day to ensure our blessed assurance of salvation?
I remember accepting the Lord when I was just about six years old. However, I do not remember the date but remember the circumstance of that afternoon, when my mother shared about the love of Jesus and the need for salvation. Not that I was a great sinner but that because I was born sinful, I had to accept Jesus as my Saviour for my sins to be forgiven and so that I can approach God directly in prayer and for His help along life’s way. My mother led me in the sinner’s prayer and I was sure from then on that I am a Christian. I have the assurance of salvation in my heart for from that day I have yearned to learn more about the Lord and His Word.
Is it important to have a specific birthdate? Yes, though some may forget the date. The fact that at one point in time a person did ask Jesus in faith to come into his/her life gives assurance of salvation which has been manifested in later spiritual development and manifestation of the Spirit’s fruit and works in the person’s life.
If you are living in constant doubt of whether you are a Christian, because of your life-long association with Christianity and without a personal time of commitment or change, quit doubting and living a life of constant spiritual defeat. Do not despair. While you have life, you can ensure your salvation. Just ask the Lord Jesus afresh to come into your life and make it certain and ask Him to help you grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord to be more like Him. Enjoy your blessed assurance according to John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” and walk in newness of life with the Holy Spirit bearing witness with your spirit that you belong to Him. Romans 8:16,17 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
If you are worried of besetting sins, and have confessed them to the Father through Jesus Christ remember Romans 8:1 “1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Matthew 11:28 : Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Live with your assurance of salvation with faith in His Word. Do not doubt anymore.