I recently heard someone mention that life is all good now because they accepted Jesus as their saviour and no longer have to worry about sin. I felt crushed. They hopped on the grace train and have no plans on looking back.
First, let me clarify something. Grace means unmerited favour. There is nothing we could ever do to qualify for the love God showed us through His Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. And yes, we no longer have to worry about the consequences of sin once we entered into a relationship with Jesus. That consequence? Death. Death after life on earth, which means separation from God for eternity.
But, this decision to follow Jesus does not free us to live an agenda-free life. Nor does it mean we won’t sin anymore. It means we have work to do. It means that if we sin, we can now ask for forgiveness and try again. In fact, thinking we don't sin anymore and don’t have to worry about sinning, is sinful. Alan Hirsch explained it in one of his online recordings by saying that if we don’t teach the full gospel (constantly growing in our faith and making disciples) we’ve actually only taught a water-downed version of the gospel called ‘sin management’, or ‘fire insurance’- you pick the term you like best.
We are now to put on the full armour of God (Ephesians 6) and start sharing the full gospel message. If we no longer sin, why are we instructed to put on the armour? The helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the sandals of the gospel of peace, along with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. That’s a lot of armour to wear if making a decision to follow Jesus freed us from sinning, again. Ever wonder why godly men/women slowly erode in their ministry? Sin tempts. Sin keeps coming and coming, over and over again. We must be on guard!
We are still on the battlefield while on this side of heaven. And as long as you wake up, you are still in the fight! Put on that amour, stand strong, get into a community of believers that takes this seriously, or start a group to encourage each other in their walk. It is all about living a life of intentionality for Jesus. If you are advancing for Jesus, you will be attacked. You need to make sure you are wearing your armour.
Complacency is of no concern to Satan.
Be encouraged. Stay strong and focused on Jesus. Recruit others and make disciples. Band together. Soldier on.
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.