How’s your memory? From time to time everyone forgets things, sometimes small things, other times bigger things. I have a good memory for faces, but often forget names if it is someone I have only met briefly. This can be embarrassing at times.
In Luke 23:42, we read about one of the criminals hanging next to Jesus on the cross asking Him to remember him, saying “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (NIV).
This wasn’t a request not to be forgotten, but to save him. Notice that he didn’t ask Jesus to stop his pain or even to save him from death. He said, “Jesus, remember me.” Why? Because he knew that his deepest need was salvation from sin — not just salvation to get into Heaven. He believed in Jesus. The Bible says in Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”
So how do you know that you’re saved? How do you know you’re going to Heaven when you die? How can you be certain? We are not saved by our own deeds, even by living a good life. We are saved by faith in God, by acceptance of our sin and Jesus’ death for us on the cross as our Saviour. If we do that, we are assured just as the criminal on the cross was, that we will see Him in Paradise.
Put your trust in God today, giving your life to Him and be assured that He will remember you!