Growing in the Lord.

I was reading in Hebrews 6. It talks about growing up in the Lord. It says that we should stop sinning and confess our sins and grow up in the Lord. I read this and then listen to Christian radio, I heard the same message. When we ask for forgiveness and accept Jesus into our heart, that is just the beginning of our walk with God. Salvation is when we die and go home to God. There are people who say that when you confess your sins and God forgives, that is salvation. It is only the start of your walk home. If you die in the Lord, you will receive the salvation of God. Jesus said those that endure to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:13). Shaking the Pastor’s hand isn’t salvation, even confessing your sins doesn’t guarantee that you will go home to heaven. Jesus also said that many will come and say Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy and do wonderful work? Jesus will reply and say, depart from you workers of iniquity, I never knew you (Matthew 7:22-23). Paul wrote that we are to show diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end. To be followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:11-12). So, how do we inherit the promises of salvation? It is by growing in the Lord. We have to get to know Jesus. We do that by reading God’s word and doing it. As we walk in this world, God will use us to do His will on this earth (Matthew 6:9-13). So, what is God’s will for this earth? We are to love God above everything with our whole heart and we are to love our neighbor as ourselves (mark 12:29-31). God calls us to follow and obey and there are no exceptions. When we do, we will fulfill God’s plan for us on this earth. This is what it means to grow in the Lord.

Crain Blanchard.

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