In this series of articles, our goal is simple: we want to write articles that will be beneficial to those who are weak in the faith. Articles that might reach someone who is struggling with their faith and being faithful to Jesus.
I know that this can be an overwhelming and difficult challenge. Living the new life in Christ is hard and there is so much to learn, it almost feels like too much to expect of anyone. I have watched many new and weak Christians (not always the same people: new does not equate weak) struggle and sometimes give up. Often, people ask the question, “What can we do for them?” In all honesty, there is a lot you can do for them. You can love them enough to call them. You can love them enough to pray for them. You can love them enough to be honest with them.
Sometimes the greatest thing a weak and failing Christians needs is for someone to be loving and honest enough to remind them of their choice to become a Christian. Sometimes we need to remind them of their joy and excitement; remind them of the church who are standing with them; remind them that Jesus has not given up on them.
Our salvation began when we heard the good news of Jesus Christ and being convicted of its truthfulness; we made a choice. A choice between good and evil; a choice between life and death. The power of our choice is important to remember.
When life gets hard and your faith is low; remember your choice.
When things seem to pile up against you; remember your choice.
When your love and excitement seems to be failing you; remember your choice.
When all else fails; remember that Jesus choose the nails for you.
The bible is filled with stories of people who have succeeded or failed at being God’s people. Each story reminds us that there is no substitute for a strong and determined choice. Sometimes it is the only thing we can hang on to (Job. 1:20-22). No other characteristic carries someone further or produces greater spiritual victories than courage and an unmovable, unyielding choice. The faith that will not falter, surrender or retreat, is the faith that wins no matter what happens.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)
Of course, no one gets to heaven except by the grace and power of God. We are saved by his grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-10) but unless we are determined, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord we will eventually give up.
What we need is a determined, unmovable faith which enables us to stay in contact with the grace and power of God. We need to be reminded of the power of our choice.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”