You Can’t Be A Christian On Auto-pilot
On automatic pilot — acting or functioning without conscious thought, as a result of routine or habit.
Salvation is quite a simple formula, good for us. We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our lives, believe that He died and rose again for our sins and voila! Hell gets depopulated and more importantly we enjoy fellowship with God. Once we are born again, the Holy Spirit makes His home in us and we are sealed for the day of redemption – the day when Jesus comes to earth a second time and the saints are caught up with Him in the clouds (can’t wait!)
We have an inheritance in heaven that awaits us, for starters, our glorified state that no longer has an affinity for sin. (Romans 8:23)
Here on earth: I am not saying work for your salvation, we can’t earn that, but we have to work every single day to make sure we remain conscious of who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us.
If we do not stay on top of our game by seeking God’s face continually (Psalm 105:4), praying without ceasing (Romans 12:12), meditating on the word (Joshua 1:9), letting the word dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16), we will find ourselves gravitating away from God.
This is because we are comprised of flesh and spirit, if we are not using the above ways to feed our spirit, guess who will take the wheel? The flesh, our unregenerate nature that is hostile to God, nothing good dwells in there (Romans 7:18) It is dangerous to live life on autopilot as a Christian, it will never direct you to Christ.
The Christian walk is not passive, we don’t acquire things by diffusion, there is some exertion needed on our parts.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;Philippians 2:12
We need to work
Now my literature skills come in handy, we’re analysing the vocabulary.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,Philippians 3:13
The phrase “straining forward” does not sound very passive to me, a whole lot of effort there.
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.1 Timothy 6:12
“Fight” is the Greek word for agonizomai, to struggle, to contend with an adversary, to endeavour, fervently strive
Take hold – epilambanomai, to seize, catch
Do you know where the denja is? Being casual about our faith
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.Hebrews 2:1
Pay much closer attention to – prosecho – to hold the mind towards, be cautious, apply oneself, adhere to, take heed
The result of not taking heed is drifting away from the gospel.
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus2 Timothy 1:13
Scripture does not hide the tragic reality that some people will be enticed away from the truth and will fall away from sound doctrine, may we not be found among those who drift away.
For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold (to hold fast, keep secure, keep firm possession of) the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,Hebrews 3:14
In 6 Mistakes Christian Converts Make I highlighted that it is a rookie mistake to think that things will be smooth sailing after we say yes to Jesus, storms will come and if we are on autopilot, we will make a shipwreck of our faith. Ours is to endure. We need the same tenacity that an average shopper has on Black Friday when there is one remaining item on special. I am a fan of this sunflower.