You Cannot Fumble Your Salvation
Recently, I came across when looking for a sermon illustration, a story of the Top 10 worst NFL fumble situations in history. The article covers some classics. Here is that article. An example many remember is the 2006 fumble of quarterback Tony Romo with the Dallas Cowboys. A divisional round was very close and the game was within just one point. That is when Romo fumbled the ball from a snap and the Giants benefited from it. Oops. This is not to pick on Romo, he had lots of great plays too (most will admit). But he didn't always measure up, despite the practice, coaching, and need to do so. People are like that before a completely holy and perfect God (Romans 3:10; 23). The wages or earnings of people, it is spiritual death, Romans 6:23. But there is good news. It's all about Jesus, not you.
What I find wonderful to remember for the Christian person, is you cannot fumble your salvation if you have placed saving faith in Jesus Christ. When a person calls upon the Lord Jesus as their Savior, Romans 10:13, the Lord hears them. A person must have godly contrition and a real repentance from sins committed against a holy God. They must turn to Jesus as the only one who may save them, Mark 10:45, Acts 4:12. The work on the Cross forgave their sins and guilt and sets them free from judgment. And they must believe Jesus is alive, risen from the dead, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and Romans 10:9.
Even if that faith is small and simply, God the Father sees it. A person is saved by faith alone, not works, in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:8-9.
Therefore, if you feel or imagine you are condemned or unforgiven, that is not true, after trusting in Jesus. Romans 8:1 says there is no longer condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Rest in that.