Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It isn't a one-way street

I was reading through Jude today and took great notice of the 21st verse that tells us that we need to do something as we are waiting for the eternal life that comes through Jesus:
Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. – Jude 21
Whoa, that is interesting especially since Jude isn’t talking to unbelievers. Rather, he is talking to the saints, to “those who have been called and are loved by God” - most likely Hebrew believers.

Jesus makes a similar statement that is recorded in John 15 when he says, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.”

This scripture reminds us that we must not be lulled into a spiritual sleep and think that eternal life is gained and kept by saying a prayer, simply calling ourselves Christians, or even just going to church. It is a new life lived for God, remaining in Christ, and living by the Spirit as we love him, obey him, and daily surrender to his will. We cannot gain our own salvation for that only comes through Christ, but it is very evident that we do have a critical role to play in this relationship. It isn't a one-way street.

1 comment:

jeff said...

I did a sermon on Matthew 25 a few weeks back and how pretty much every time the Bible speaks of Jesus' coming we are told to be doing something. Romans 2 has it as patient continuance in well doing. Thessalonians has it as serving the Lord. While we wait we are to be busy. Good stuff.