Those of us who have placed our trust in Christ need to realise that our final destination—whether we land up in heaven or hell—isn’t solely decided at the “point of entry” when we accept Christ.
FAITH: ACTIVE, NOT PASSIVE
“It would not be difficult to point out at least twenty-five or thirty distinct passages in the Epistles where believers are plainly taught to use active personal exertion, and are addressed as responsible for doing energetically what Christ would have them do, and are not told to “yield themselves” up as passive agents and sit still, but to arise and work. A holy violence, a conflict, a warfare, a fight, a soldier’s life, a wrestling, are spoken of as characteristic of the true Christian.”
** Despite the fact we need to press on and persevere in the Christian “marathon race”, we also need to remember that:
- God empowers us in times of difficulty (2 Corinthians 12: 9)
- God who began a good work in us helps us complete the race (Philippians 1:8)
- He is not asking for sinless perfection (Philippians 3:12)
- He invites us to rest and rejuvenate ourselves in His presence (Matthew 11:28)