Posted on November 6, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Freedom Fighters
“One of the worst things we can do is put off living for God until it’s too late.” ~ Hodges
The saddest thing I have experienced is not the loss of a loved one, for those I have lost here have gone to be in Heaven with our Lord. No, the saddest thing I have known is watching someone reject Jesus’ offer of salvation and not be able to do anything about it. The willfulness of their choice is heartbreaking… and how blind they are to the truth that stands right before them.
In Jesus, and through the gift of His Spirit, we have been given everything necessary to live the way we were intended to; He has supplied the strength and courage, the knowledge and moral excellence, as well as the diligence and perseverance to live it out. On top of these God has supplied the godliness, patience, kindness, faith, hope, and love required to know the joy of His salvation. Yet, sadly so many willfully choose their own way because they wrongly believe it will give them some sort of power, control, and untimely, autonomy.
Peter tells us ‘the more we grow in these qualities that are the nature of Jesus, the more productive and useful we will be in our knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ He also warns us that “those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins” (2 Peter 1:8-9).
The best way to make sure of our motivations and choices is to “be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things (being led by His Spirit), you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” 2 Peter 1:10-11
The saddest thing I know is the willful rejection of God and all He is offering in Jesus the Son. So many have chosen to live for themselves as if it doesn’t matter; robbing themselves of the joy of salvation, and in doing so, choosing an eternity that is absent of peace, joy, hope, and most of all love. Tomorrow could be too late…
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Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is a member of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.
Think About This: “As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause,” – Job 5:8
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? – Psalm 118:6
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