No Second Beginning

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Hebrews 6:1-12

Jesus said, “Come to me.” His invitation is open to all at any time. However, if a person falls away from belief in Christ, it might not be possible to make a second beginning. Look at Hebrews 6:4-6 again. A Christian either progresses in faith or slips back. Slipping back is serious because it may mean separating oneself from the blessings God offers. Does this question the perseverance of faith until the end of life? No. But it is saying that only those who continue in the Christian way are believers in Christ. To abandon the gospel would be to sin against God who gave the grace. To deny Christ is to join with those who crucified Jesus.

Christians need encouragement, but they also need to listen to warning. As land which produces only weeds is unproductive, so a Christian without love and good works is in trouble.

The answer to the fear of falling away is submission to Christ. When he was eighty years old, General Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was asked his secret for success. With tears in his eyes he said, “God has had all there was of me. There have been men with far greater intelligence than I, but from the day I got the poor in London on my heart and a vision of what Jesus Christ would do with the poor in London, I willingly surrendered to the Lord.”

PRAYER

O Lord, grant to me a surrendered life in service and obedience to Christ. Amen.