“Blessed assurance”, that old hymn that speaks as thought the author had arrived. Well this is where I falter. Romans talks about the elect and predestination while Revelation and James speak about your works that will get you into the Lord’s kingdom.
I totally get that you gotta do what you believe, not just be…believing it, and that doing confirms the believing. But then “all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved”. And the part that says all our works were planned out ahead of our time, and that they are only filthy rags anyway.
Sometimes, I think scripture “contradicts” to show how the entire coin, both sides of it are important to consider, if you want the coin and not just a half of it.
But, really, aren’t we living in different times…of grace, not wandering around for years and eventually dying in a wasteland? Well…aren’t we?
I submit that if Jesus said following Him meant picking up our respective crosses DAILY, he meant something about a progression we must undergo…namely sanctification. That is, being made more like Him who we serve in love, so that when those of us whom He knows will be supremely content just to gaze upon his face in the new heavens and earth.
So, yes, “those who love their lives will lose it, and those who hate their lives for Him, will keep it”. Our lives, if for him, is a desert. It can be a mountain in a desert, or an oasis, or plain hot sand. But the offer to be “more than a conqueror remains. It’s not just getting over, but basking in what getting over entails.
Hebrews makes it clear that we are more than just pilgrims or sojourners who seek a better city. This is we are, but more so, we are EXILES trying to get back to our home. We are made in the image of God!
For a homebody like myself that rang true.
What do you say?