I bet it has been statistically proven that you can find a statistic for just about everything.
There are even statistics regarding parenting and the likelihood of your success as you attempt to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Prov. 22:6). As Christian parents we resolutely affirm that “salvation belongs to the LORD” (Ps. 3:8), but sadly, we are tempted to place our trust in our ability to fit in with statistics.
Recently I read a stat that said two out of three children who are missionary kids grow up to be faithful church members and marry believers. But I’ve got four kids, so…?
How is a mother’s heart supposed to respond to “statistics” like these?
We can certainly learn a lot from considering statistics, provided they are based on truth. Ed Stetzer has written a helpful article on how to recognize bad stats.
And with that said, I think one of the best ways to set your heart aright if you’re tempted to rest in your ability to fit a stat is to meditate on these kinds of “statistics” instead…
“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day” (John 6:37-39).
“And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16).
“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand” (John 10:28-29).
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him” (John 17:1-2).
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’” (Matt. 28:18-20).
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Rom. 10:12-13, see Joel 2:32).
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” (Rev. 7:9-10).
So, if we want to gain assurance from a statistic, Jesus has been given 100% of authority over 100% of everything, so we can trust him with 100% of our concerns.