Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Take hold of the eternal life

Being a follower of Christ is not a one-time decision. It always starts with the loving work of Christ on the cross and His grace that He freely offers to us. We then have the opportunity to accept this gift. But, this is not the end of the story. It is still just the beginning. Check out this passage from the Apostle Paul to his protégé, Timothy. Let’s remember that Paul is writing this to an established man of God – a leader in the church.   
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 
Notice how these passages remind us that being a Christian is not a one-time decision. It’s not simply about saying a prayer and becoming a member of “the Christian club”.  It’s about taking hold of the eternal life. It’s about bringing the kingdom of God to this lost world. Our confession of faith is just the beginning. It is not the end! Let’s fight the fight. Let’s take hold of what Christ has taken hold of for us. Let’s live everyday for Him and for His glory. Let’s finish well.   

Here’s some more good news. Jesus never told us that being His disciple would be easy, but He did assure us that He has given us all we need and that He will be with us throughout the process until the very end. We are not left to our own strength. Christ is with us. Praise God for His goodness and for His deliverance. Now, let’s take hold of it!

1 comment:

Becky said...

Great Post! Yes, New (Eternal)Life doesn't start at death, it starts once you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Then from there, Jesus wants us to walk in the newness of life. It doesn't stop when you get saved!

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."