The religious world today seems to take a lackadaisical attitude toward the Christian life today. Often you hear people say, “I think I'll go to church tomorrow,” or “Bro. So-n-so is preaching tomorrow, I think I'll go fishing instead,” or “It's not a Lord's Supper Sunday, I'm not going.” The scriptures, however, paint a much different picture of how life as a Christian should be.
- Hang on
I once heard of a fictional character who is not unlike true heroes today. This man held on tight to an ocean survivor, dangling from a helicopter. He did not let go. His shoulder dislocated and muscles and tendons ripped, but he did not let go. Why? Because another person's life depended on it. Our soul depends on us holding on to that which is good, holy and righteous. In addition to our own souls, we have the souls of those around us to consider. We need to be a holy example and encourage them as well as caring for our own soul. This takes strength. (Eph. 6:10; 2 Tim. 2:1)
The Christian walk takes daily commitment to growing in strength, knowledge and use of that knowledge. If you have been running the Christian race in a laid-back manner, it is time to realize the seriousness of doing so. “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” (2 Peter 1:10)