Last night in Bible Study at St. Matthew’s, I asked a question. What is the point of salvation? Why are we saved? What is the reason? Lots of good (and right) reasons where given – to go to heaven, to … Continue reading
One of the things we struggle with understanding after we are converted, or saved, or whatever term you use to talk about making the decision to follow Jesus is this – what next? What happens after conversion. So often churches … Continue reading
One of the things that I know most about faith is that we are going somewhere. We are on the move. We have a direction and a purpose.
Now that somewhere, in time, is heaven. Yes. One day, for those of us that believe, we will cross over into eternity and we will forever be with the Lord. That’s something to hope in, believe in, and rejoice in.
But that’s not just what I’m talking about it. Listen to what we read today in Hebrews 6: 1-3:
Therefore let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God, instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And we will do this, if God permits.
And you know what? That’s exactly true. None of us are anywhere near perfection. But just because we aren’t anywhere near it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be moving towards us. We aren’t perfect. That’s right. But you know what? We are working to be faithful. And that’s always the first step, the first key.
And second, we have to understand that. What does it mean to be perfect? Well, let me ask you this, what is the point of our faith? What are we after? What are we doing? We are seeking to, by His grace, to be more like God.
And what is God? Holy and Love. That’s His character. So, how does Jesus tell us to be like Him? Well, He says the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all that we are, and love our neighbor as ourselves. That’s what true obedience looks like.
That’s what true holiness looks like.
That’s what perfection looks like. John Wesley didn’t talk about perfect in action. He talked about perfect in love.
That’s what we are chasing. That’s what we are after. Perfect, in love.
Today, let’s keep moving. Let’s keep being faithful. Let’s keep working. Let’s keep growing. Let’s keep trying to be perfect in love. And let’s see what God does with it!
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