When we exercise weak, even atrophied physical muscles, it hurts but in a certain way the pain feels good for we know the pain will reap physical rewards.
When we exercise weak, even atrophied spiritual muscles , it too will hurt, but in the pain will be the pleasure of knowing we will reap a great spiritual reward.
This walk we call faith demands we exercise our determination to follow He who lead the way carrying his own cross. Now it is our turn. We must daily take up our own cross, and engage the struggle to drag this sometimes seemingly impossibly heavy weight to the place where we will be poured out as a drink offering to the almighty. If we do not. If we drop our cross and walk away, seeking a place of personal comfort, we are no longer following Him, and no longer are worthy of Him.
In ourselves we cannot make ourselves worthy for only His sacrifice makes us worthy. But we must chose to stay worthy. And Christ himself defined how we do so:
“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” – Christ, Matthew 10:38
Let us again this day determine to take up this Cross. In the end the pain will be worth it.
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!
There are a few point I occasionally return to. This is one of them that I sense needs repeated:
The path of seeking to know God, not just believing he exists, can be very lonely. Few care to walk these barren steps and the further we go the more barren they often seem to become. Yet the reward is not only eternal. Those who venture into this wilderness will find a place where perhaps millions await who have also walked this path, and the kinship with each will be closer than any relationship we find here on earth.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – Apostle Paul, to the church at Corinth, 1 Corinthians 13:12
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” – Apostle John, 1st John 3:2
“But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Christ, my Savior, Matthew 7:14
I agree that one cannot “lose” salvation but if one cannot willfully abdicate then who are the cowards of Revelation 21:8, hmm?
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” – Apostle John by Revelation from Jesus, Revelation 21:8
Remember: Judas was counted among the 12 before turning on Jesus.
That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. (Acts 1:25)
While I would prefer to comment on this particular verse, this day will not allow it. However, perhaps it’s best I do not and just let this verse speak for itself since it certainly doesn’t need my help.
“Let all those that seek You rejoice and be glad in You: and let those who love Your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified!” – Psalm 70:4 NKJV