This past year, many of us have gambled and taken losses. Fortunately, these material losses can be replaced or we can get on without them. But if we take risks with our lives, then those losses cannot be replaced. We all gamble, not with money, but with our souls. Jesus did believe that God has placed the highest price on the soul (Mt.16: 26). He himself was the evidence that God loved the world (mankind) and whoever believes in Him would receive eternal life and not be condemned (Jn.3: 16-18). This is where far too many of us stop and presume that we are secure for an eternity with God. The demons believe, but are they saved (Ja.2: 19)?
We love to hear that Jesus took care of our sins past, present and future. Yes, He has done what He had to do; but are we doing what we ought to do? We do have a tendency to put the cart before the horse. We find Scriptures to support our belief, but do we find some that disapprove of our behavior? Here is one that chills my spine: “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sin is left”(Heb.10: 26). Move on to verse 29, “How much more severely do you think a person deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” We may want to add Ro.6: 1-2.
We may argue that Jesus did not say the above. That is correct. He did not, neither did He say: “We are saved by grace alone” (Eph.2: 4-10). He said, ‘repent!”(Mk.1: 15; 6: 12; Lk.13: 3); “sin no more”(Jn.8: 11) and if we do not forgive, we shall not be forgiven (Mt.6: 14-15). Also, the Son of Man shall weed out all that is sinful and evil from the kingdom (Mt.13: 41). We are ordered to change and become like Children (Mt.18: 3); otherwise, the worst of sinners that repent shall precede us into the kingdom (Mt.21: 31). Where does it say that what Jesus spoke to his generation no longer applies to us? Ponder Jesus’ words to His disciples for they are eternal (Mt.5: 17-20). We are going be recognized by the fruit we bear, and not by the faith we tender (Mt.7: 15-23). Even in this life, people pay more attention to what we do than to what we say. Please, yes please stop gambling with your life in 2010!