On February 18, fans around the world watched breathlessly as the scandal-ridden Daytona 500 NASCAR race was won by the "mere length of a car hood" amidst "a smoke-filled mass of twisted metal." The Associated Press reported that 5 race teams resorted to illegal means in efforts to win this prestigious race.
We are engaged in a spiritual race. Hebrews 12:1. In comparing our race with physical races and emphasizing the need of great effort, the apostle Paul said, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain." 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. In 2 Timothy 2:5, he said, "... if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully."
In connection with our salvation, the apostle Peter wrote, "... if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" This word "scarcely" means "with difficulty" and is translated "hardly," and with "... much work" in Acts 27:8, 16. This is a sobering thought. Earlier, Jesus had said, "... when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do." Luke 17:10. Even with our very best effort, we are unworthy and must depend upon the grace of God. Where does this leave all who make little or no effort to obey Jesus Christ?
Friends, a "do nothing" or a "lawless" faith will not save. James 2:17, 26. Remember that we are striving to obtain an incorruptible crown! We must keep our bodies under subjection to the commandments of God lest we should be cast away (rejected). Albert.
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