Through Christ’s love and sacrifice, we have been sanctified. His blood has set us free! So, what is our responsibility now? What is it that we need to do, in order to claim victory through Jesus?
First, we need to accept and believe that Jesus is God’s son, that He died for us, and that He wants to give us eternal life. We need to believe that He rose again from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. We need to understand that He sacrificed His very life so that we can spend eternity in Heaven with Him. His blood is the atonement for our sins.
After we’ve made that confession and accepted Christ into our lives, we need to remain steadfast in our faith!
Colossians 1:21-23 (NASB) says:
“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach — if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.”
What does it mean to be steadfast and not to move away from the gospel?
To me, it means that no matter what life throws our way, we always turn to God. We don’t allow the world to sway our beliefs, we don’t allow people to turn us away from the One who gives us life. We don’t live selfishly; we do our best to always show God’s love and grace to others, just as God has extended that love and grace to us.
As I’m writing this blog, I am also watching and listening to a live stream of baptism’s from my son’s church at college, Zootown Church. As I listen to the testimonies of these college students and I watch them cry as they tell their stories of how Christ changed their lives, it brings me to tears myself. One young man just quoted the Bible verse that says:
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” ~ Psalm 34:18 (NASB)
Seeing the faith, the comfort, the joy, and the excitement of these young people reminds me of how we are *all* supposed to look at our walk with the Lord. It should never grow old or boring. It should never be put up on the shelf. Our faith should be out there for all the world to see, so that others can look to us and say, “There is something different about you. What is it?”
I will be praying that you, that I, and that these young people I have just watched be baptized will always remain steadfast in our faith so that we can all live in the eternal glory of God!