42. Only the Young Die Good? (Steve Taylor)

42. Only the Young Die Good? (Steve Taylor)

All of us have seen people that started very well in the Christian life. They were very active and sincere. But they did not finish well. You need not worry about this if you are walking in the Spirit.

We are more than conquerors.1 No weapon formed against us shall prosper. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of God.2

I spoke in another chapter of the fear of being contaminated by people or situations. It is true that in the Old Testament, the unclean contaminated the clean.3 Now, with the power that Christ gives us, we have authority over evil spirits.4

We overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony and by not loving our lives unto death.5 Much, much greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.6 You are powerful because of He that is within you. Do not be afraid of people or circumstances. Don’t focus on them but rather turn your eyes upon Jesus. People or circumstances cannot rob you of what Christ has given you.

Jesus is able to keep us from falling and to present us before the presence of His glory with great joy.7 He takes care of that.

Sometimes we who have responsibilities to fulfill in the Body of Christ worry about the possibility of our falling and the consequences which follow. We have seen others fall. But we do not have to worry. He takes care of it. “He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”8 Think about it! Until the very day of Jesus Christ.

Of course, I can walk away if I want, but in the same way, I can make it to the end if I want. Not by my striving, but by resting in Him.

He is the Alpha and the Omega.9 He finishes what He starts. I am clay in His hands. Clay does not decide what shape it is to take. Clay does not mold itself.10 Clay simply does not resist the potter. That’s it.

I have no idea what I am going to turn out like when He is done with me. He has a dream for my life. He has had this dream ever since I was conceived. He loves what I am going to be and is working every day on perfecting me. I submit to Him and let Him do His work in me. He loves me.

Instead of worrying about these things — and they are very important things — we need to dedicate ourselves to having that intimate and personal relationship with Christ.

He will guide us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake11which is something that we do not know how to do for ourselves. The book of Galatians was written to clear up the confusion that existed about this specific matter. Paul told the Galatians that to start in the Spirit and then end up in our own striving is foolish.12

It is easy to fall into the line of thinking that it is up to us and our own efforts to finish well. Our responsibility is to love God with all we are and all we have and to love our neighbor as ourselves.13 Once we dedicate ourselves to these two commandments, we don’t have to sweat the other stuff.

Enter into the rest in Him.

1- Romans 8:37 2- Isaiah 54:17 3- Haggai 2:13 4- Mark 16:17 5- Revelation 12:11 6- 1 John 4:4 7- Jude 24 8- Philippians 1:6 9- Revelation 1:8 10- Romans 9:20 11- Psalm 23:3 12- Galatians 3:1 13- Matthew 22:37 14- Matthew 11:28, 29