I was reading Matthew today and came across the below group of verses. It made me think about my own salvation and if I’m on the right track. I have these times where I wonder if God expects more of me, if I’m letting Him down, and if He’s really paying attention to me anymore. I think all believers go through times with thoughts like that. I do believe I’m saved, as Paul wrote: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16). But I also think Paul wrote his passages about persevering for a reason, that people can indeed fall away from the faith (become apostate). One example from Hebrews (12:1-3):
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The following passages from the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, consisting of three paragraphs and concepts, is a good reminder to consider: where we’re at in our faith; if our faith is matched by our actions; and, if our righteous-looking actions are hiding unrighteous motives. It is that last bit that is the scariest. Those persons who do NOT enter God’s Kingdom, even though they seemed like they were powerfully working for God, seem to be surprised. Perhaps it is yet just another deception they are trying to pull off, or, they are so deluded they can’t even tell the difference.