Once We are Saved, We Can’t Go from Belief Back to Unbelief
“We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:2).
Before I married Jeanna, whenever I felt alone, I started to think about all my old girlfriends. I dated a nurse when I worked at Piedmont Hospital right after I graduated from college. She really liked me. We dated for several months and then stopped. There wasn’t a spark. The whole dating thing with her felt awkward and strange. It didn’t work out at all, so we quit seeing each other.
Then I moved to Dallas. When I first arrived, I didn’t know anyone. For the first three months, loneliness was my constant companion. I remember looking around my apartment one night and thinking, “I could die and no one would know.” In those lonely moments, guess who I started thinking about–the nurse. “I wonder what she is doing now. Would she go out with me? We did have some fun.” In my loneliness, I tried to track her down. The relationship didn’t work the first time. I don’t know why I thought it would work the second time. That was crazy thinking.
But we all do it. You’ve done something like that, right? One of the lessons in life is that we can’t go back. The only option is to move forward. I’m glad I did, because I met Jeanna. As we became friends, I realized she was the one for me.
The same is true for the Christian life. Once we are saved, we can’t go back. We can’t reverse all that Christ accomplished. We can’t go from life back to death. We can’t go from light back to darkness. And we can’t go from belief back to unbelief.
Why would we want to?
You died to sin, to unbelief. The old you is gone. You are new in Jesus, equipped to live a life of faith, hope, and love. What does the Scripture say to you? Press on!