Some Christians think that once we have uttered the sinner’s prayer and become God’s chosen ones, our eternal destiny is safe and secure. Simplistic notions, such as Once Saved, Always Saved (OSAS), may lead to complacency. We may have failed to consider other factors that determine whether we end up in heaven or hell such as our will (volition), sinful nature and the interplay of the world, flesh and devil in our lives.
Furthermore, many leaders and big names who think they will be honoured as heroes in eternity will face this chilling reality—heaven’s door being shut on them. Humble, faithful believers, quietly working behind the scenes, may be taking the front seats in heaven. In other words, there are going to be major upsets in eternity.
- Work out your faith with fear and trembling: Philippians 2:12-13
- Keep striving: Philippians 3:12-14
- Run the race with discipline so we won’t be disqualified: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
- Bear fruits that befit repentance, don’t rest on your spiritual laurels: Luke 3:8
- Narrow and difficult is the way that leads to life: Matthew 7: 13-14
- Holiness requires effort; confirm your election: 2 Peter 1: 5-8, 10