Commentary By: Gordon King
We all have choices to make each and every day, and these choices will govern the life that we live. We reap what we sow, and we pay the consequences for all of our actions, whether they be good or bad.
How many followers of Christ make wrong decisions? How many of us always walk the straight and narrow path which leads to righteousness? And how many stray from that path and follow the many paths of the world?
I believe that many believers think that once a person is born again that he or she will be unable to sin, that we will be instantly made like God, and that we will be perfected in an instant. Then only to find out that this hasn’t been the case, that we all still fall short of the glory of God, that we all can still fall into the traps of the devil!
Let us not forget about the Prodigal Son who walked away and followed the ways of the world. Eventually he came around to seeing the error of his ways and came back home to his father. This is a parable about our relationship with God, our Father in heaven!
And isn’t it so and true about us also? If we walk away from the faith, if we turn from what is righteous and holy, if we decide to follow the ways of the world, are we still not saved? I believe that we are and shall always be, if we were truly saved then nothing can separate us from the love of God!
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Once born again we are sealed until the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:30 NKJV
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
So even though we are saved for eternity as the bible tells us, we can still grieve God! We can become prodigal sons and daughters, we can live in sin, but we are still saved.
Not everyone believes this, not all followers of Christ agree with me, yet this is what scripture tells me is the truth.
Scripture tells us that when we repent and believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior that we will be saved (born again) and given eternal life. It does not say “and you must never again sin to be born again”. If this were true then we would have to be born again, and again, and again, over and over and over again! Scripture never teaches this.
However, there is a price to pay for not following Christ, there are consequences for our actions, both in this world and the next.
We will have to live with the consequences of our actions now in this life, but also in the life here after. We will all be judged for our good works and our bad. So what will the eternal consequences be for our bad works? I’m not exactly sure about that, but I do know that they will be tested in fire, and I know that we will have to sit before the Lord as He reviews our life, this for me is bad enough!
However, we are also judged by our good works, and those that are refined by the fire will be rewarded for eternity! These good works done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be honored and will be pleasing to God. This to me is enough to make me want to do what is right in the eyes of God! As a bonus I will receive eternal rewards, rewards which will make a difference in my eternal life.
I don’t believe that all of us will experience the same eternal life, because not all have done good works for the Lord, and some not as much as others. I cannot say exactly how it will be different, I just know that it will! Eternity lasts forever, and so I would like to make it the best that it can be, laying up for myself treasures in heaven.
We can be saved and follow God’s will, but we can also be saved and not follow His will. Perhaps this is a shocker for most Christians, but it’s the truth! How many times have you not done the will of God when you knew what He wanted you to do? I personally cannot count all of the times! Yet I know that I am still saved, I know that I am a child of the Most High God of the universe! However, I have paid the consequences for my actions, I have had to live with what I have done, and the good Lord has punished me for it, just as any loving parent would do with their children. And when your children disobey you, do you banish them from your household, do you disown them for making unwise decisions and for not following your rules? For most of us no, of course not, they are still our children and we continue to love them and care for them, just as our heavenly Father does with and for us.
Each and every day we have to make choices, decisions which are either godly or ungodly, decisions which follow God’s will or the ways of the world. It is our choice, and God has given us a free will, just because we are saved does not mean that God has taken away our free will. And this is how much He loves us, that once we belong to Him we always belong to Him no matter what happens, no matter what choices we make.
There are other consequences of living in sin, such as not being able to hear God, of feeling alone, of not receiving the blessings of God. When we live in sin then we are effecting our relationship with God, just as we also affect our relationships here on earth. We become less effective in our role as believers, and we give Christianity a bad name! When we live as the world lives then they see us as they see themselves, worldly and sinful. However, when we live as Christ, then we are different from the world, and the world notices the light that shines in the darkness!
We must allow the light of Christ to shine through us in order to make a difference in the world. We must live as Christ lives in order to perform God’s will. And if we truly love God, then we will want to please Him and follow His will. It’s not enough to just say that you are a Christian, it is a daily struggle between the flesh and the spirit. You must stay connected to God, through prayer, through His word, and through faith. You must not only read and understand God’s word, you must live it out! It’s not enough just to know what is right, but to do what is right!
We can study the scriptures all day long, we can know it all by heart, but if we do not apply it to our lives then what good is it? We can become bible scholars, yet it does no good if left on the shelves.
Do not grieve God, instead do your best to follow His will! Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, build up a relationship with God, and know that He will bless you!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!