Sunday, 12 March 2017

To the very end

I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, to the very end. – Psalm 119.112

Living for God according to His word is not a temporary assignment. It is not to be taken lightly. It is not a sprint.

David says here ‘I have decided to perform Your statutes forever – even to the very end.

Starting to live for Christ is easy enough to start with. Plenty of people are stirred by emotion or peer pressure or whatever and make a profession of faith but quickly burn out and their faith seems to fade away.

It is impossible to judge who is truly saved and who is not – no one has the right to judge another’s heart.

But the Bible does say a lot about how true faith endures. Jesu told His disciples that the ultimate test of whether or not they truly were His disciples was if they would endure to the end. True followers of Christ will stay true. They may waver. They may be weak. They may falter. They may backslide. But they will endure. The Bible also tells us that the saved are those whose faith allows them to endure to the end.

We are told to not faint.
We are told to not be weary in well doing.
We are told to run our race with patience.

I want to follow up on that last phrase. It comes from the book of Hebrews and it is followed up with ‘looking to Jesus because He is the originator and the finisher of our Faith.’ We only endure because of Him. If we could lose our salvation, we would. It is He and He alone who allows us to endure to the very end.

He which has begun a good work in us will perform it until the end of days.

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