But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. Hebrews 10:39 (NLT)
This verse is a battle cry of sorts for my soul. A strong reminder of how salvation works.
People turn away from God for varying reasons: some small, some catastrophic. My personal journey has shown the smallest detours are most often the most catastrophic. Why? Well, the small detours are…small. They are less obvious. They sneak past the “guards” of my soul.
As the verse says, “But we are not like those who turn away from God..” I can honestly say I am not like “those”- I am one of “those.” This is a humble lesson learned many times over the course of my life. Any distance I allow to come between my God and and my life here, is considered “turning away” (even if just slightly.)
Here is the blessing: HE doesn’t leave me and He provides wisdom so I can see when I may be slipping.
Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 (NLT)
We have the right to be a part of the most high family- the Kingdom of God. When you are part of a family, you have responsibilities and values to uphold, right? Nobody wants to be the family disgrace. I believe deep-down, most people want to do good. Most people.
I am like most people. I want to do good and make my family proud. The awareness of subtle decline is key, however, to keeping the distance gap closed. The Bible has numerous examples of how and why subtle decline works and who the main culprit is. That is another topic for another day.
Thank God for His Grace and Mercy and His overflowing LOVE,