The Big “If”

Jeremiah 4:19-6:15; Colossians 1:18-2:7; Psalm 77:1-20; Proverbs 24:23-25

“And you were once alienated and hostile in mind because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him – if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith, and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.” (Colossians 1:21-23)

So we’re born again. Jesus has saved us and cleaned us up for His service. Where do we go from here? We’re keying in today on the word “if.” If we remain grounded and steadfast in the faith. What if we don’t? Does it mean that our experience was less real? Are we saved by actions?

We are saved strictly by the work of Jesus and we have addressed that many times, however, we were saved unto good works. (Ephesians 2:10) In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a parable about the seeds that were sown into four types of ground. The seed is the Word of God, we are the ground upon which the seed was sown. Only one in four of the grounds received the seed and bore a harvest.

Results of the four grounds: If we don’t follow up and pursue the meaning of the Word when God sows it into our hearts, then the enemy will steal it and we’ll be left to wonder if we even had an experience at all. Or if we allow offenses, persecution, the cares of the world or the deceitfulness of riches to choke or crowd out the Word of God, then we lose. Only the one that maintains good ground can endure and only he that endures to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 10:22)

Everything is vying for our attention and the enemy uses anything he can to distract or deter us from following through with our commitment to Christ. Why? Why is it so important to him to get us off track if all we have to do is say a simple little prayer and we’re safe for the rest of our lives? Because that is an untruth.

Our salvation is borne out by the evident change in our lives. Not saying that we’ll be one hundred percent perfect or that we won’t have challenges, but inside we should sense that something is different. On the outside others should be able to witness some sort of conversion by our character and behavior. “If” we are truly saved there will be evidence.

“You make God’s love sound conditional.” God’s love isn’t. He loved us enough to die for us, that’s forever, but beyond that His promises are conditional. There will be many people God loves in hell and it won’t be because He put them there. We put ourselves there by our disobedience and complacency.

Here’s a few conditional statements.

“‘If’ you don’t forgive, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:26) Uh, you have to be forgiven to get into heaven yerd.

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse…prove Me to see ‘IF’ I will not open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing…” (Malachi 3:10) Uh, God don’t do windows for less than a tithe.

“You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You.” (Isaiah 26:3) Doesn’t say if but it is implied. You can’t have the peace unless you have the dependency on God. See where I’m going with all of this.

PRAYER:

Lord, help me to not be spiritually lazy. I thank You for all You did to provide me with salvation. I give You my life Lord and I pray for direction. Help me to stay strong in my faith, not easily offended and not distracted by the cares of the world. I love You Lord. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.