“Assurance of salvation means knowing God’s call on your life—it means knowing in a conscious way that you are his. We know this through both the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives and his call on our hearts. The Spirit’s work in our lives is evident through our obedience to God and our love for our fellow man. We ﬁnd this in the Bible in 1 John 3:10: ‘Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.’ The Spirit’s call on our hearts is revealed in scripture in Galatians 4:6–7: ‘And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave (or an orphan) but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ’ (p. 56).
Reading: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” —Galatians 4:6Selections from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Pittsburgh: Crown & Covenant, 2012). Used with permission.