The most important decision we will ever make in life is to accept the salvation of Christ. Many of us are zealous and unstoppable when we first get saved, but then the enthusiasm begins to fade away and the thrill of redemption soon becomes a lost moment in time. It’s as if the whole event was triggered by hyped-up batteries that have slowly run out of energy.
Many people feel that when they get saved it’s forever and they never go beyond that initial acceptance. But what they forget, or perhaps don’t even know, is that the gift of faith is a seed that they received to enable them to see a little bit of the truth about God, but it didn’t give them instant knowledge or wisdom or insight to who God is. It was just the beginning. They need to take that seed and plant it so it will grow into a wonderful relationship with God. Without this initial gift of faith, none of us would even care to know Him because God is Holy and sin is evil and the two don’t mix.
- No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.—Matthew 6:24
This initial gift of faith is like a battery. It needs to be recharged over and over and over again in order for us to get the fullness of its use through its power. Batteries that require recharging will often get recharged when the person owning them sees that they’re getting low in energy. Other people will simply let the batteries wear out and then forget about them. And still others have batteries that were never recharged and they died.
Faith is much like a battery. We either keep our faith recharged or it will die.
- Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.—Matthew 13:18-23
It’s really sad that people will come to the cross, see Jesus for who He is and accept the salvation that He’s given to them, and then return to the world they know and forget about that revelation. How can they just return to the world and forget it as if it never happened? Likely because they accepted the concept of salvation, but didn’t accept Christ into their heart. Therefore, it’s easy to forget.
Once we know Jesus, it’s almost impossible to turn away from Him. His love floods our being and we want more of Him. Yet, Judas Iscariot knew Jesus personally and still, he betrayed Him. Unfortunately, Judas loved money more than he loved God, and so when he turned against Jesus, knowing full well who He was, Judas committed the unpardonable sin. It’s one thing to not know Jesus and not honor Him, but it’s another to know Him and then turn against Him and choose to serve Satan instead. He didn’t let his “batteries” run out. He threw them out.
When we get saved we are forgiven for all of our sins because we accept that Jesus took them away from us when He died on the cross, and we accept that He gave us eternal life when He rose from the dead. But we can’t assume that this revelation will remain a priority in our mind or in our heart if we don’t do something to ensure it. We need to study, pray and worship! Our worldly knowledge and experiences, friends and family influences, habits and desires will soon take over our life again if we don’t make God a priority! It’s too easy to lose what God gave us if we don’t take care of it.
- Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.—Psalm 19:14
We need to fill our mind with the scriptures so that we can know Him and then word-by-word we can push the world out of us. It’s especially important and crucial to new believers to study the Bible prayerfully and let the Holy Spirit turn the words into revelation. When we commit our walk with God to a person—a preacher or a televangelist or even a friend—we risk learning a compromised version of God’s truth. It’s good that we get counsel and it’s good that we find a church that preaches the unadulterated gospel of Christ, but it’s even better to study the scriptures on our own and let God teach us the truth.
- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. —Joshua 1:8
Our initial gift of faith is recharged every time we study the Bible, pray, and worship God. Our faith is like a battery; if we don’t recharge it, it dies. A battery can get really low and almost empty, but it can still be recharged if it’s caught in time. However, a battery that has gone dead can’t be recharged.
Does this mean that if someone comes to the cross and then just lets that special gift wear out that they just wasted their only chance to get saved? No, not at all. God says in 2 Peter 3:9 that He doesn’t want anyone to perish. God will send different people and more opportunities to that person because one of them just may spark the person’s heart and light it up.
However, no one knows how many opportunities they’ll have to finally accept Christ; and no one knows if this moment is the last opportunity they’ll have. God will forgive us for not accepting Christ the first time and He’ll send other laborers across our path to bring us to Him, but never underestimate the devil who is set out to kill you. It’s him who will stop at nothing to make sure you miss the next opportunity.
- The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.—John 10:10
The angels of Heaven rejoice when a sinner repents and comes to Christ. The world tries to keep us from Him by offering us the earthly desires of our heart, but Heaven is forever and the Kingdom of Jesus begins in us now! Don’t pass the opportunity to recharge your faith batteries; love God with all of your heart because He loves you. Keep that faith alive by making Christ your only priority and His gospel your only mission in life.
- And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.—Mark 12:30
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