I was just wondering… At what point did you decide to give up the fight and live at the level of an average Christian? When did you decide that you would simply look at the things that you can see; at your bank balance, the size of your mortgage, the futures of your children, retirement, a worldly legacy?
Perhaps things used to be different. Perhaps once you resisted to bloodshed. You used to say grace at meals even in godless places; you would boldly bring a word of testimony to those who knew nothing of Christ. You attended church prayer meeting. You witnessed on the streets, and longed with all your heart that your friends and neighbours would be saved.
But I wonder if there was a point where the heat was turned up so high in your soul that you retreated? One day, and you don’t know when, you will have to lay all this life aside, and yet you have said to yourself that you have no fight left. Perhaps Satan came and put pressure on you in a moral area, or an aspect of ambition, or your pride was wounded. And you forgot Christ. You took your eyes off the One who died to save you, and you counted his sacrifice as a small thing.
How many have never heard the truth from your lips and will spend eternity in hell because you failed to speak? You could not speak because your heart was cold. How many men and women of God have suffered because you opposed them at every turn, when they were simply standing for the truth?
Paul shows us how to step once more into the fight. He tells us, ‘I have looked long into the face of my Lord. I have looked beyond this earthly life. No longer can I hold truth as a mere theory; no longer can I simply discuss the correctness of doctrine. I have been gripped by the reality that one day I am going to meet God face to face. I am going to stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and you will stand there too.’