Friday, March 1, 2024

Believing, a means to an end

Broadcast 3958

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John 3:3 (KJV): “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Royle gave his life to Christ in a crusade where the Evangelist preached powerfully. Moved by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, Royle was among the multitude that rushed forward in surrender to Jesus Christ. Initially filled with joy and zeal, he fervently preached to all his friends and visited bars where he once indulged in drinking, now preaching instead. However, over time, his zeal waned, and the joy faded, leading him back to alcoholism and fornication as if he had never been born again.

Like Royle, many have had similar experiences because they did not realize that being a believer is not the end; rather, it is an initiation into the kingdom of God, a means to an end. Believing is akin to being admitted into an institution; once admitted, you are recognized and treated as a member, and an identity card is issued. However, admission alone does not guarantee graduation. To graduate and obtain a certificate of completion, one must follow instructions, attend classes, complete assignments, and obey rules they did not create.

Similarly, when you become born again, you are admitted into Christ (John 3:3), given the Holy Spirit as your identity card (2 Corinthians 1:22), and referred to as a child of God (John 1:12). However, this is not the end goal; these are intended to lead you to a place where you will live with Jesus eternally. This can only be achieved when you “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). The seed of salvation planted in your heart when you believed must be nurtured and cultivated for it to yield eternal life.

Today, resolve to steadfastly continue in the apostles' doctrine (the Word of God), fellowship (attending and serving in a Bible-believing church), breaking of bread (maintaining good relationships with other Christians), and prayers (Acts 2:42 KJV). By doing so, you will nourish the seed of salvation planted within you when you believed.


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