Every one of us has a point in our life when we were stuck in a rut, not being able to get back up and going. It usually happens when you don’t give a lot of thought to the habits that you have got up and running. When you are at this point, you usually have to go through a lot of endless work to get back to the right track and the right speed.
Speaking of speed, I started running last week after a gap for about 2 months. Part of the reason for the gap was of course because of the coronavirus. But another reason was that I developed a bad leg pain in my left leg which started to bother me a lot. It first started one month after the last half marathon that I ran in January. Not sure what caused the problem, but it eventually made me end up pausing the 22-month running streak.
Anyways, that being said, let us get to the topic at hand. It’s easier to stay right than to get right. In this post, I’m going to discuss a point from one of the 3 domains that this blog is about – the Bible. Without further ado, let’s get right into it.
It’s better to stay right with God now, than to backslide and take corrective measures later
Many Christians would have this idea that, instead of having to seek God and do what’s right now, they could have a hedonistic life right now when they are 20, 30, and 40, and change their life to become more spiritual when they are old and retired. They then would start to become really into the Bible and church, and eventually might even become an elder person in the church or even the pastor.
The motivation for this is mainly because of the core beliefs that they have about religion, and Christianity specifically. They may believe that although Jesus Christ died for you, to really get into heaven you must repent of your sins and do good works. Since repenting of your sin and doing good work is hard, it seems easier to just postpone this to the end of their life when they do can earn their way into heaven. From an outsider standpoint, this might seem like a normal idea. But if you are someone who has read your Bible, you would know that this is not true.
The whole point of Jesus dying on the cross and going to hell for 3-days and 3-nights was for him to be a one-time sacrifice for all the people who believe on Him.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.Isaiah 53:6 (KJV)
The above verse is an old testament reference to Jesus Christ, regarding the necessity of a savior. The new testament equivalent of this verse is in Romans 3.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:Romans 3:10 (KJV)
The Bible says that it is faith on Jesus Christ that you are saved, and that’s how you go to heaven. Not by the works of the law
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.Galatians 2:16 (KJV)
If this is the case, then the good works that you do don’t matter when it comes to going to heaven. But where it matters is in this life, and when you do go to heaven after you die. Due to that, it is not a good idea to spend most of your life in just pleasure. That’s because if you decide to postpone being godly until the end, you wouldn’t suddenly getting all the blessings. God cannot be mocked you see.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.Galatians 6:7 (KJV)
But of course, at the end of the day, it is better to be saved and live a meaningless life, than to not be saved and live a perfect life. One is going to save you a corner spot in heaven, and the other is going to get you straight into hell.