Since I can't lose my salvation, can I keep on sinning whenever I want to?
Here's the answer:
Salvation is forever, which gives me the freedom to practice being holy without fear of losing my salvation when I mess up.
Do you play a sport, play an instrument, or build model rockets? You probably like to do something that requires a lot of practice to become very good at it. What if you missed a field goal and the coach took away your uniform? Or what if you played a wrong note and your mom sold the piano? Or the rocket went through the neighbor’s house and…well, maybe that is not the best example. The point is, when we try really hard to do something that is difficult, we usually make many mistakes until we have got it right. God knows this about us, and that is why salvation is forever and not just for when we get everything right. God never takes salvation away from us.
No matter how hard we try to be good, sometimes we mess up. Salvation is awesome because it forgives all of our sins, mistakes, and mess-ups. So it might seem like we could do anything we want, right? Well, not exactly. You see, God desires for each of us to become more and more holy like Him. God wants us to obey Him and to treat others like Jesus did. Unfortunately, we still sin from time to time. We lose our patience and yell at our sister, we disobey our parents, or we lie to our teacher about the homework we blew off last night because we wanted to play video games instead.
God knows we are going to mess up, even though we want to obey Him. Our forever salvation gives us the room to try really hard and to continue to grow in obedience to God while giving us the grace to occasionally mess up. When we blow it and we feel badly for our behavior, we can ask God and the others we sinned against for forgiveness. God knows our journey will be marked with times we failed to live up to His standards, but the grace that saved us will remain forever as we continue to strive for holiness. And that should make us feel relieved that we can’t mess up so big or so badly that we lose our place in God’s family!
"You say, 'I have the right to do anything.' But not everything is helpful. Again you say, 'I have the right to do anything.' But not everything builds us up" (1 Corinthians 10:23).
"I give them eternal life, and they will never die. No one will steal them out of my hand" (John 10:28).