Today’s Scripture: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13


John Wesley was a missionary to America teaching salvation by works in a very strict and unpopular way. Because he was having very little success, he sailed back to England. During this trip, his ship sailed into a storm and John Wesley found himself fearing death and his eternity. Later, as his ship was about to land in England, he wrote these words.

It is now two years and almost four months since I left my native country in order to teach the Georgian Indians the nature of Christianity. But what have I learned myself in the meantime? Why (what I the least of all suspected), that I who went to America to convert others was never myself converted to God.
The Journal of John Wesley

Shortly after his arrival back in England, he trusted Christ! He recalls the moment like this.

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.
The Journal of John Wesley

How many of you are so “religious” in everything you do, yet, if death faced you in the eye, you wouldn’t know if you were going to Heaven? In 1 John it says that you can know that you have eternal life. Why? Because it is your faith in what Christ did for you that saves you, not your works.

Today, decide to trust wholly in Christ and not your works, and you too will have an assurance that Christ took away your sins.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.