Salvation does not come through our obedience to God or through any righteousness of our own (we have no righteousness of our own). Salvation only comes through faith in Jesus as our Savior. However, our obedience is the evidence of our salvation. In the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:11-15), Jesus described four groups of people. As I examine these four groups, I took note of which group has put their faith into obedient action: "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved." (Luke 8:11-12) The people in this group are deceived by the devil and they never believe in Jesus for salvation. This group represents all unbelievers, meaning atheists, agnostics, and those who are in non-Christian religions. These people have no faith in Jesus, and they know it. "Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away." (Luke 8:13) The second group represents certain people who receive the Word of God with joy and believe it. These people probably call themselves Christians and attend church. But look at what happens to them: In "the time of testing" they fall away. This tells us that there will be "times of testing" in Christians' lives, and that we must persevere in our faith. Unfortunately, this second group does not persevere in their faith. They give up when things get uncomfortable or become too much trouble. Are these people truly Christians? Some scholars say that this group represents people who only believe in Jesus with their minds, not with their hearts, and therefore they're not truly Christians. How many people in our churches fall into this category of having head knowledge but not heart faith? Far too many (even one is too many), and the sad fact is that they probably believe they are saved when in fact they might be on their way to hell. Are you in this group? Are you in for a horrifying shock when you step into eternity? Now is the time to ask yourself these questions, while there's still time to do something about it! "The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature." (Luke 8:14) The third group represents people who also hear the Word and believe it, but they never mature in their faith. Jesus said that they go on their way rather than obeying His way. They are too busy with the things of this world, chasing after their own goals or ambitions and being overwhelmed with the worries and cares of this world. Are these people saved?