Bruce Dewey – Elder at the Lenoir City Seventh Day Adventist Church
Jake had work as a lineman for the local utility company for fifteen years without suffering a serious accident or injury. Jake’s safety record did not just happen and could be largely attributed to the fact that he was always careful to follow proper safety procedures.
Now if Jake wanted to continue in that line of work without serious mishaps due to his own carelessness he would have to continue to follow proper safety procedures.
But if Jake decided that fifteen years of following the safety procedures were enough to protect him in the future, and that he could make occasional exceptions to the rules, he could suffer serious consequences.
God has given humankind rules to guide us, not only through this life, but that will also prepare us for eternal life. These rules or instructions are found in His Word.
Yes, it’s true that following God through life does not mean we will always be walking an easy path. But it’s also true that we cannot achieve spiritual success by having confidence in, and relying, on our own abilities.
But if we follow instructions, if we rely on God for help and wisdom, and if we don’t try to cut corners, we will be richly rewarded.
If we are faithful we will be able to say, as did Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)