Jesus spoke in his Olivet discourse concerning the last days, a statement that should send shivers down our spine.

“Because iniquity shall abound the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12) In essence, he was speaking of a time when people would fall away from ardent love for Him. The love of and for this present world will take preeminence.

Perhaps as the onslaught of ungodliness continues, many will find it easier to remain neutral or draw back completely from their once firm stand. Those not having the strength or discipline to maintain their spiritual lives will be the first to resign their calling.

Not once in scripture did Jesus ever speak into the air; his every word was as an arrow shot forth. From the eighth chapter of John, we read a message of purpose and contingency. “If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples.” (John 8:31)

It is not he who begins this journey that obtains the prize, but the one who continues steadfastly with Christ and finishes his designated course. In the above verse Jesus was giving us instruction and warning. The only way to stay strong and full of the love of Christ in these last days is to live and walk in constant communion with Him.

Many would consider this a legalistic statement or a hint that our salvation rests upon our shoulders. It does not rest solely upon us, but we have been given a responsibility.

Christ’s role was to leave Heaven for a season to make the redemption of man possible through his sufferings, death, burial and resurrection. Our part is to cling to His finished work. We will not haphazardly someday slide into the streets of glory. We will enter because we have a passion and a target worth aiming for.

We must rise every morning, take aim, pull back our bow and shoot for higher and better things. There may come a time in some of our lives that we have to separate company from other professing believers who do not share the same vision as ourselves. Their nonchalant attitude toward spiritual matters can serve as cold water thrown on us, dashing all our hopes into thin air.

Let us not allow our salvation to rest in the hands of anyone but Christ. Trust your discernment and walk worthy of Him in complete submission to His word.

Leonard Ravenhill spoke the following, “Strong eagles fly alone, strong lions hunt alone and strong men will walk alone.” Our salvation is a personal thing, we need the fellowship of other believers but more importantly we need intimacy with Christ that can only be acquired in our quiet times with Him.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants. On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23) CJV

Sue West is available to speak at churches and home Bible Study groups. Contact her at preacher_west@yahoo.com.sg

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