Q. First off I would like to say that I have recently found your website and have enjoyed reading it a lot! I have been searching your site for answers and have found many, however, I still have questions.
At one point not long ago, I was convinced that you could lose your salvation. However, after finding your site I have read numerous posts and verses that state to the contrary and now am convinced that you can not lose your salvation (PRAISE GOD!) My question now is: even though I am eternally secure and will go to Heaven, I feel as if I am at a loss at what I am expected to do on Earth. My issue is that I don’t feel as if I am grateful enough. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that I will be spending eternity with Jesus in Heaven, but I feel that I should be more than just glad. To me, grateful means having the desire to go WAY out of your way to do something for someone even if it is a HUGE inconvenience. I truly want to serve God, I just don’t feel I know how. Any insight would be appreciated.
A. God looks at the attitude of your heart, not the extent of your works, in evaluating your level of gratitude. If He calls you to go “way out of your way” for Him that’s one thing. But you don’t have to come up with something on your own to demonstrate your gratitude because He already knows how you feel. Just the fact that you don’t feel like you’re doing enough shows how grateful you really are.
In Romans 12:1-2, Paul said that rather than conforming to the standards of this world, we’re to to present our whole lives as living sacrifices to God. In other words to offer our lives to God to do with as He wishes. Then we let the Holy Spirit guide us to live a life pleasing to the Lord. If He calls us to do something special for Him, then we respond. It will work much better for everyone. One of the worst things we can do is try to prove that we’re worthy of the Lord’s blessing, because we aren’t.