Excellent thoughts to ponder today.  I plan to include this in our family devotions, as well, to encourage my children to consider this question for themselves…often.

“…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…”
Philippians 2:12

Are we converted ourselves? This is the one point to which our attention ought to be directed. Our experience may not tally with that of other believers. But that is not the question. Do we feel sin, hate it, and flee from it? Do we love Christ, and rest solely on Him for salvation? Are we bringing forth fruits of the Spirit in righteousness and true holiness? If these things are so we may thank God, and take courage. {emphasis mine}

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: John, volume 1, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987], 242, 243. {John 4:31-42}

HT: J.C. Ryle Quotes