DON’T LOSE IT
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." John 15:6
Losing one's fire for God is a dangerous thing. It happens to us one time or another. But I have noticed a significant thing. Whether backsliders return to God or fall away boils down to their decision to remain connected or not. This connection simply put comes down to this - are they still attending church? It is true, attendance does not make one a Christian, but there is something about remaining affixed to the faith community that keeps faith alive.
We often think about backsliders rejecting God, but did you know the Bible also speaks about God rejecting those who turn from Him? This is a scary thought that contemporary theology sweeps under the carpet. John 15 speaks about abiding in Christ and fruit-bearing discipleship but it is just as honest to state that the Father throws away those branches that no longer abides or bear fruit. The book of Hebrews also warns that if we reject Christ having experienced His grace and goodness, there remains no other sacrifice. Interestingly, this warning comes immediately after the verses that call us not to neglect the gathering with believers.
“You should not stay away from the church meetings, as some are doing, but you should meet together and encourage each other. Do this even more as you see the day coming. If we decide to go on sinning after we have learned the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. There is nothing but fear in waiting for the judgment and the terrible fire that will destroy all those who live against God.” Hebrews 10:25-27
We all know of people who have allowed life, sin and Covid to affect their relationship with God. We don't give up reaching out to them. Our desperate plea for them is to remain in Christ. For the rest of us, let us not underestimate the importance of keeping our covenant worship hour either on Saturday or Sunday with our faith community. Whether online or onsite, this spiritual connection reflects our commitment to our promise to God.
Ps. Loke Chi Shyan